Humility vs. Ego

Philippians 2:1-11,¬†‚ÄúSo if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from¬†love, any¬†participation in the Spirit, any¬†affection and sympathy,¬†2¬†complete my joy by being¬†of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.¬†3¬†Do nothing from¬†selfish ambition or¬†conceit, but in¬†humility count others more significant than yourselves.¬†4¬†Let each of you¬†look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.¬†5¬†Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,¬†6¬†who, though he was in¬†the form of God, did not count equality with God¬†a thing to be grasped,¬†7¬†but¬†emptied himself, by taking the form of a¬†servant,¬†being born in the likeness of men.¬†8¬†And being found in human form, he humbled himself by¬†becoming obedient to the point of death,¬†even death on a cross.¬†9¬†Therefore¬†God has¬†highly exalted him and bestowed on him¬†the name that is above every name,¬†10¬†so that at the name of Jesus¬†every knee should bow,¬†in heaven and on earth and under the earth,¬†11¬†and¬†every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is¬†Lord, to the glory of God the Father.‚ÄĚ

David Brooks, in his book, ‚ÄúThe Road to Character‚ÄĚ wrote this:

‚ÄúThe self-effacing person is soothing and gracious, while the self-promoting person is fragile and jarring. Humility is freedom from the need to prove you are superior all the time, but egotism is a ravenous hunger in a small space‚ÄĒself-concerned, competitive, and distinction-hungry. Humility is infused with lovely emotions like admiration, companionship, and gratitude.‚Ä̬†

When we understand who we are as a child of God, living under the umbrella of the grace and mercy, earned for us by Christ through His sacrificial death on the cross, we are at peace with God, ourselves, and are absolutely filled with joy, in the gift of the new life we have been given. We don’t compare it to others.

 We live our lives influenced by our faith and Holy Spirit directed choices.  When others experience blessings, we are happy for them, not jealous of them.

 That gives us freedom.

 That gives us peace.

 On the other hand, apart from Christ, we are guided by our broken ego.  This puts us on a treadmill that we can never get off.

 Stressful and exhausting as it is, when we are consumed by our egos, we constantly compare ourselves to others and have to come out ahead in order to feel good. And there is always going to be someone out there better than us at something so truth be told we will never find peace in this way of living.

 Today, let Christ’s humility fill your soul and direct your life.

In His Grip,

Pastor Terry Grzybowski