From Here to There - Pride and Humility
On Sunday I delivered a message from Philippians 2:1-11 that focused on humility. During the sermon I mentioned several resources used in the preparation of the message. The first resource was From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott. In this little booklet (31 pages) Scott develops a thoroughly biblical perspective on pride and humility. His definitions for both pride and humility are helpful and clear. I've included each below:
- Pride - the mindset of self (a master's mindset rather than that of a servant): a focus on self and the service of self, a pursuit of self-recognition and self-exaltation, and a desire to control and use all things for self.
- Humility - the mindset of Christ (a servant's mindset): a focus on God and others, a pursuit of the recognition and exaltation of God, and a desire to glorify and please God in all things and by all things He has given.
It's clear from Philippians 2 that Jesus is our best example of humility and Scott builds much of his argument for humility from Philippians 2:6-8.
This booklet provides not only diagnosis but a plan to grow in humility. Scott gives several suggestions for developing humility in the life of a believer. Directives like, "Pray for God to help you put off pride and to produce humility in you" and "Ask others if you come across as proud in any way." are given to the reader. What's most refreshing for me personally is Scott's matter of fact, yet pastoral, style in writing. I've read the booklet no less than a dozen times myself and each time I've left encouraged and hopeful.
I also referenced a list of "One Anothers" in the Bible. I'm including the PDF that I made available Sunday here as well. Often, humility finds fertile soil to grow when our eyes are removed from ourselves and fixed on the interests of others.
I hope these resources, along with the sermon, will be both help and encouragement to you.