July 8, 2009

Humility is Attractive

Written by Boyd Bailey

Humility is Attractive… “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3

Humility is attractive because it accepts others. You feel valued and important when you are in the presence of humility. The humble person is not pressing their agenda; rather they are listening for your needs, dreams and fears. Humility is other centric. It is also in a position to trust in God. You tend to trust someone who trusts God. They depend on their Heavenly Father, because they recognize their limitations without Him.

Humility also solicits followers. People want to follow a person of humility. They respect the honesty that travels with humility. This is vital to effective leadership. People will go the extra mile for a honest and humble leader. They serve with passion because they feel they are served and cared for by their humble leader. However, humility not only attracts positive reactions, but negative ones as well.

Critics can hound the humble. Some critics view the humble one as weak, and therefore their humility is a target for criticism. Their strategy is to wear down the humble one and force him or her to capitulate to the critic’s claims. However, the critic may underestimate the resolve of the humble. A humble person, submitted to the will of God, will not wither under the critic’s verbal firestorm. When there is a conflict between pleasing God or pleasing people, Christ is the choice.

There is a deep reservoir of stamina within the heart and mind of the humble to do what is right and trust God with the results. Overtime the humble person will learn from his critics and become better because of them, but he will not compromise his core values and principles. Ultimately, the goal is to humbly love God and people. This is attractive. “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). Do I walk humbly with the Lord my God? Are others attracted to humility in me?

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 33:1; Matthew 5:5; Acts 7:22; 2 Corinthians 10:1

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