Humility is not a highly valued characteristic today. We look more to strength and self esteem. People often see humility as weakness, and we certainly don’t want that. The very nature of our political and corporate system requires self promotion. To get ahead we must show that we are better then the other guy. Paul, however, writes just the opposite. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”(Philippians 2:3) This, he says is the very nature of Jesus that we are to emulate. This is not weakness. It is possible to accomplish many things, but doing them to the glory of God, and for the good of others. According to Jesus, it is when we are willing to live in humility before God that He exalts us. As we humble ourselves in service to others, we have God’s esteem, and that it far better than self-esteem.
It seems that Donald Trump is being promoted everywhere these days, especially by himself. Everything he does has his name on it, and he is even talking about the possibility of running for President. Obviously he is very successful in business. And maybe self promotion is what one needs to do to make a hundred million a year. The world esteems the rich and powerful, but this is not what impresses the Lord. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word,” the Lord said in Isaiah 66:2. Humble and contrite do not mean being a weak door mat for people to walk over. It does mean having the most solid foundation in eternal life, and being content with the only praise that really matters, that of Almighty God. The money is nice, and we all need some of it, but what is truly lasting are those qualities that we will take into eternity.