In today’s episode we unpack six powerful ways humility shapes our leadership and sets us up not only to bear good fruit . . . but to do so over a long span of time.
“The great act of faith is when man decides he is not God.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
- I am not equipped to carry the weight of the world.
- Humility is an accurate assessment of what I can and cannot do.
- Jesus lived within human limitations while on earth, and He’s given permission to us to follow in His footsteps.
- Jesus is not asking us to deny the limits that He created us with – He created us with these on purpose so we would depend on him.
“When pride comes then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.” Prov. 11:2
- We often think of humility in terms of comparison. Comparison is a scheme of the devil. I either end up feeling inferior or superior. Neither posture is healthy.
The posture of a healthy leader is humility
- As we acknowledge our human limitations, humility starts to grow in our lives.
- Humility is cultivated by surrender, not effort.
Humility is the simple understanding of who we are in relationship to who God is
- We’re inherently valuable because He created us. He adopted us according to his pleasure; He made us sons/heirs. We possess intrinsic value.
The cultivation of humility creates a deep sense of peace
- Humility helps me to work from my identity instead of for my identity.
- When I work from my identity, I realize God is already well-pleased with me before I lift a finger each day.
Humility makes burden of ministry lighter
- Success can create pressure.
- Humility helps me remember that I don’t have anything to prove.
- The effectiveness of our ministry is greater because we get out of our own way.