by Kelli Simpkins
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.” Phil. 2:3
It’s no secret that our society seems built upon ambition and vanity. Entire industries are dependent on it. The media wants us to believe that glamor and prestige are the stepping stones to living our best life. Often people reach these heights by selfish means, which weighs on a person. Time after time we hear of the emptiness that is felt by these larger-than-life personalities. That’s because these pursuits are hollow. We must find our worth in bringing glory to God, not ourselves.
Sometimes in an effort to be more humble, we can overcorrect and allow ourselves to be self-deprecating doormats. Ok fine, it’s me. I do that. My husband says the only thing I can’t do is take a compliment. Can you relate?
When did we decide that the key to humility was devaluing ourselves to the degree that we’re practically insulting the way God created us? Jesus gave us a beautiful example of humility and not once in the red letters do I recall him dogging himself. Every parable, every miracle, everything he did was kingdom-centered. He garnered a lot of attention, and he made it clear that the glory belonged to God.
God gave us each unique talents and abilities, just like the skilled workers he called on in Exodus 31:3 “and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.” What gift did God give you to use to serve His kingdom? To aid you in valuing others above yourself?
The key to humility is not to hide in the corner, but rather to joyfully use our God-given gifts in a God-honoring, kingdom-building way. Whether in a more visible role or behind the scenes, there is value in the talents God gave you. There is value in you.