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Mountain Rest Baptist Church

Mark 9:30-37 The Pursuit of Humility

The pursuit of humility. D. L. Moody once said, “be humble or you will stumble.” Humility is one of those things that, when you recognize you have it, you lose it, yet we are encouraged to be humble. Humility begins when we develop a healthy recognition of who we are. Paul was keenly aware of his humanity and humbly stated, “1 Corinthians 15:9, “I am the least of the apostles,” Ephesians 3:8 “I am the very least of all the saints,” 1 Timothy 1:15 “I am the foremost of sinners.” Paul obviously knew his value in light of his glorious Savior. We often think Satan is our worst enemy, but I would say, pride and puffed up egos are our greatest enemy. To have an over inflated self-image causes us the most damage and tragically impedes our Christian walk. It’s a strange statement to say we need to pursue humility. Humility doesn’t mean doormat, but it does mean we have a correct view of ourselves in light of our savior. It means we esteem others better than ourselves. Andrew Murray said, “Humility isn't thinking meanly of one¬self—it isn't thinking of self at all. The truly humble man does not know he is humble: Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone.” Humility is having a proper recognition of self in light of the Savior. It’s a daunting task to seek humility. Every Christian should pursue humility rather than greatness. Why? It becomes obvious when we observe the character traits in our text.
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