Spirit Of Humility

By: Woody Godbey

“In lowliness (humility/humble) of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” It starts with the spirit of humility. A humbled mind thinks of others before themselves. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord with everything we have and the second greatest commandment is to love others as ourselves.

A true Christian cannot deny that LOVE is the number on virtue a person can possess. Most Christians will profess that they have a Christ like love. But how do you measure love? One simple way to measure whether you love big or small is to examine how you look out for the interests of others.

As a Christian and former pastor, I’ve always tried to keep before me an unwavering vision to do this. When I answered God’s call to the ministry I was charged by Him with a call to stir the people in the church to action and to continuously pursue the mission he has given us. I could have gone about this in one of two ways: through my own ambition, pushing to achieve my individual goals; or to adopt the heart of Christ and make my mission to love.

God showed me a great truth. If the church I pastored grew to ten thousand and I don’t have love as my vision...if our church sends out 1,000 missionaries but doesn’t have love…then we are failing in our calling as a believing body. We are raising up false ambassadors and exporting a weak brand of watered-down Christianity empowered by something other than love.

Take a look at yourself. Are your prayers or spiritual ambitions locked in a world of your own wants, needs and desires? Are you bothered or irritated when others genuine needs interrupt your goals?

What is the remedy for selfish ambition? Paul wrote to the Philippians, “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3b). That is a powerful statement. Paul doesn’t say not to esteem yourself, your vision or your life mission. But he does say others also have vision, purpose and a mission. If you will esteem them, you will not just be helping them but also strengthening them in their calling and perhaps affecting many lives.

Think about the power of Paul’s statement. Just imagine what might happen if every Christian totally obeyed this truth. We would all have deep, world-impacting interests in others and none of us would be immersed in our individual goals. The whole body of Christ would be so focused on others that we would empower one another in our many varied callings.

If each of us is looking only to interests of our own making, our testimony will be limited at best. But if we all are looking in love to build up others, every God-ordained mission will have more than enough support to be accomplished.

That is what I call a way to live. It is a campaign I want to live out every day the rest of my life, living for, being in and serving those around me for the glory of God. It starts with a humbled mind! God Bless!As a Christian and former pastor, I’ve always tried to keep before me an unwavering vision to do this. When I answered God’s call to the ministry I was charged by Him with a call to stir the people in the church to action and to continuously pursue the mission he has given us. I could have gone about this in one of two ways: through my own ambition, pushing to achieve my individual goals; or to adopt the heart of Christ and make my mission to love.

God showed me a great truth. If the church I pastored grew to ten thousand and I don’t have love as my vision...if our church sends out 1,000 missionaries but doesn’t have love…then we are failing in our calling as a believing body. We are raising up false ambassadors and exporting a weak brand of watered-down Christianity empowered by something other than love.

Take a look at yourself. Are your prayers or spiritual ambitions locked in a world of your own wants, needs and desires? Are you bothered or irritated when others genuine needs interrupt your goals?

What is the remedy for selfish ambition? Paul wrote to the Philippians, “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3b). That is a powerful statement. Paul doesn’t say not to esteem yourself, your vision or your life mission. But he does say others also have vision, purpose and a mission. If you will esteem them, you will not just be helping them but also strengthening them in their calling and perhaps affecting many lives.

Think about the power of Paul’s statement. Just imagine what might happen if every Christian totally obeyed this truth. We would all have deep, world-impacting interests in others and none of us would be immersed in our individual goals. The whole body of Christ would be so focused on others that we would empower one another in our many varied callings.

If each of us is looking only to interests of our own making, our testimony will be limited at best. But if we all are looking in love to build up others, every God-ordained mission will have more than enough support to be accomplished.

That is what I call a way to live. It is a campaign I want to live out everyday the rest of my life, living for, being in and serving those around me for the glory of God. It starts with a humbled mind! God Bless!