Humility: A Key to Grace and Growth

Humility breaks through barriers, melts hearts, and draws God’s grace. It’s vital for our growth in life. Unlike pride, which makes excuses, humility makes adjustments. This distinction is crucial, as the victor between pride and humility greatly influences our lives.

In every aspect of life, humility facilitates growth and flourishing, whereas pride leads to stagnation and decline, often observed in relationships, workplaces, and communities. The outcomes of humility include healing, forgiveness, and opportunities, while pride results in hurt and division.

As we approach Palm Sunday, Jesus exemplifies humility. His entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, symbolizes service over dominance (Philippians 2:7-8; Matthew 21:5). His approach as a servant rather than a ruler demonstrates a transformative humility that brought us salvation.

This Palm Sunday, let’s reflect on Jesus’s humility and its impact. He led, loved, and connected with humility, changing the world and our understanding of leadership. The early church, following Jesus’s example, influenced civilizations with their humble approach.

James 4:6 reminds us that God favors the humble. Humility is not only attractive but empowering and life-giving, contrasting the destructive nature of pride.

How can we practice humility?

  1. Be Willing to Adjust: Embrace changes and let go of excuses. Growth occurs when we adjust our attitudes and actions.
  2. Participate in Something Greater: Pride isolates, but humility connects us to larger purposes and communities, igniting growth and fulfillment.

This Palm Sunday, let’s worship Jesus, embracing His humility. Let’s open our hearts to becoming more like Him, allowing His example to guide us in making a positive impact in our world. Choose humility and witness how it transforms your life and those around you.

Remember, the best is yet to come!

PD

City Church, Bloomington, Indiana

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