Rev. Jim Toole
Fruit of the Spirit: Who Am I Becoming
Philippians 2:3-4 - Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
C.S. Lewis - “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
Theme: Jesus is our supreme example of Humility and Humility at its core is thinking of yourself less.
- Jesus did not ride on a great horse, rather a donkey or a colt.
- Jesus was not celebrated with a ceremonial robe, rather the garments from the crowd.
- We all know that Jesus as He entered into Jerusalem was not given a crown or seat of power; rather He humbled Himself and received a crown of thorns and the position He was granted was upon the cross.
So some of you are saying to yourselves right now, I get that I need to be humble. I get that Jesus was humble. I get that humility is thinking of yourself less. But what I do not get is how do we become humble?
In order to become humble it starts with humbling ourselves in front of our Lord.
Humility was a central motto to the early church, the idea that spiritual vitality and victory comes not from our own strength or abilities but through complete dependence on God.
I would like to end this series on the Fruit of the Spirit and Humility with the same image I started. Rootedness! Rootedness, yes, it is a real word means to be firmly planted. This is the image of John 15, where Jesus says I am the vine you are the branches. If we truly are rooted in our dependence upon Jesus we will have fruit in our lives. We will become kind, faithful,
gentle and yes, even humble.