posted on February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm
We previously discussed that God doesn’t view beauty the same way people view beauty. God isn’t concerned with how people look on the outside as much as He’s concerned with our inner beauty.
Of course, He wants us to be healthy and well-groomed vessels, as we’re temples of the Holy Spirit. So, yes, we should be health conscious, wear clean and presentable clothing, and our appearance should reflect that we’re children of a sovereign King. However, we should always be humble in everything that we do.
We’ll begin our series on Loving Your Inner Beauty by discussing the importance of humility. Let’s start by understanding exactly what it means to be humble. TheFreeDictionary.com defines “humble” this way:
Humble: Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. Showing deferential or submissive respect.
The greatest example of humility was demonstrated by Jesus. Consider Philippians 2:5-8:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
God wants us to show the love of Christ in everything that we do! This includes being humble in our interactions with others. It’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments, but it’s NOT okay to demonstrate an attitude of pride.
God frowns when we think we’re better than others. He’s displeased when we think we’re too important, too busy, or too “good” to help other people who need our assistance. God dislikes it when you’re still under your parents’ care and you refuse to comply with their instructions, or the instructions of other adults whom He’s placed in your life to guide you.
Jesus, who is God HIMSELF, came to Earth to serve others. If JESUS demonstrates humility, then we absolutely should do the same thing! God wants us to live a great life, but He wants us always to be respectful, kind, and modest!
Are you walking in humility? Take this short “yes” or “no” quiz to see if you’re consistently demonstrating humility!
- Do you congratulate others for a job well done, even if you would have done things differently?
- Do you spend time self reflecting and trying to improve the areas in your life that you struggle with?
- Do you easily forgive others after a disagreement?
- Are you respectful to your parents, teachers, ministers, and others, even when you’re angry?
- Are you obedient to God’s Word even when it’s tough or when others ridicule you?
- Do you try to help others who are in need, even if it’s inconvenient for you?
If you answered “yes” more often than you answered “no,” then you’re on the right track! Keep up the good work. Continue to humble yourself to God’s Word!
If you answered “no” more often than you answered “yes,” or there’s a tie, then you may want to reconsider how you’re interacting with others. Remember, God wants us to demonstrate the love of Christ through our humble behavior.
Don’t forget, the quizzes of Project Inspired aren’t scientific polls. Always be led by the Holy Spirit!
Girls, challenge yourself to walk in the spirit of humility this week!
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