Thursday, June 5, 2008

Humility Day 4: He Must Increase

Today, Katie takes us deeper in to ourselves to explore ways to be more humble. I love the verse that she opens up with: "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:3o

"The prescription for humility starts not with working on humility, but working on increasing your vision of God. As you grow closer to him, spend more time concentrating on him, set your sights firmly on him, invest yourself in learning about him and talking with him, he will take up more and more of your field of vision." pg. 47
Let's examine Philippians 2:3-8 and meditate on how you are decreasing yourself and increasing your vision of God.

Verse 3: When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.
  • In what ways can you give more honor to others?
Verse 4: Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.
  • What can you do to shift the balance and draw out more from others about themselves?
Verse 6: Christ himself was like God in everything. But he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit.
  • How can you use your skills, abilities, or talents to bless others more often?
Verse 7: But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born as a man and became like a servant.
  • In what situations can you let go of your rights and serve instead?
Verse 8: He humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death-death on a cross.
  • In what situation do you need to let go of your fears and obey?
After all those tough questions, take a step back and ask yourself: What encouraging thing did I notice about me in this exercise?


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