Philippians 2:2-5 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Ambition is fine, as long as it is not driven by selfishness. Humility does not mean you have to have a low opinion of yourself, just don’t be conceited and drive others down. It is okay to look out for your own interests as long as you don’t do it at the expense of others.
My Advice – Watch yourself in your career that you do not become driven by selfish ambition. Do not let success make you vain and conceited. Don’t walk over others to advance yourself. Help others at work.
Luke 18:14 – “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Excessive pride usually leads to some kind of humility (or rather humiliation). Genuine humility, on the other hand, frequently leads to recognition and reward.
My Advice – Do not blow your own horn too loudly. Good work and accomplishment will usually be recognized and rewarded for what it is. Even if it is not, God knows and you will be rewarded later.
FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER
Enough – to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary.
Time – an opportune or suitable moment.
Conquered – to defeat through the use of force.
Kingdom – a politically organized community or major territory.
BACKSTORY – A TALE OF TWO CONQUERORS
Both Had A Calling
Saul – Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.”
David – I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
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2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The world keeps getting worse all the time. We would like to blame the worldly for the problems our country faces. But we cannot. The responsibility rests squarely with those called by His name: Christians.
My Advice – Be humble, not arrogant, boastful or proud. Pray often, do not be a stranger to God. Seek His guidance rather than the counsel of those that the world consider wise. Do not follow the ways of the world, but rather go in the opposite direction. Do these things and you can be confident that God will hear, heal and respond.
2 Kings 22:19 – Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord…I have heard you, declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It is much better for us to humble ourselves before God, than for God to have to humble us.
My Advice – Be a man of humility, who is responsive to God’s commands.