02/19/10

Humility: True Greatness [Weekend Resource]

Humility large Humility: True Greatness [Weekend Resource] If I met someone presuming to have something to say about humility, automatically I’d think him unqualified to speak on the subject.

So are the feelings of CJ Mahaney as he wrote his book, Humility: True Greatness. But Mahaney’s work merits your attention, at least for one primary reason.

He is writing as a fellow pilgrim pursing humility by the grace of God. His goal? Help you make humility the everyday attire of your life instead of a mere performance. Mahaney approaches that goal in the only effective manner.

The Only Path to Humility

What is the only effective way to find humility? By recognizing that humans “cannot free ourselves from pride and selfish ambition; a divine rescue is absolutely necessary.” Yes, we must redefine greatness to mean serving others instead of being served. Yes, we must see the foolishness of pride. But in the end, all endeavors to find humility are futile if they do not lead you do the cross of Christ. Christ alone offers hope for humility by ransoming us from bondage to pride.

Finding the Authentic Servant’s Heart…At Last

I highly recommend this audiobook…it ranks in the top tier of books I’ve read. Evidence: I’ve read the print version several times as well as listened to the audio from christianaudio.com [that's a dual statement of the book's quality and my need]. The book itself is no salvation, but it clearly explains the gospel of Jesus Christ who alone offers real humility. The kind of authentic servant’s heart that you’ve never found anywhere else.

Note: This review was done as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program.




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11/9/09

Our Hope for Humility

stumble warning 275x300 Our Hope for HumilityOur Lord Humbled Himself so that We Could Humbly Call Him Lord

If pride precedes the fall
We’ve further down to go
Unless we’re saved by Christ’s humility
Who for our sake was brought low
So that we may be set free
From the pride that preceded Adam’s fall

(Philippians 2:5-11 & Romans 5:12-21)

It’s just a rhythmic run-on sentence with one point:

The only reason we are able to humble ourselves and call him Lord is because our Lord humbled himself to bring our salvation.

Christ’s humility is the only hope for our own.

We find humility not by trying to make ourselves less proud, but turning our focus to Christ and the work He has done so that we may live the gospel.



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