HUMILITY THE THIRD EDGE
What true Humility looks like:
1. Humility is providence centered, not self centered:
We see this with Joseph:
Genesis 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!
5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.
6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.
7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay.
10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me–
To the impure, Success (or small increments of success) can be ego centered, or me focused.
“I must be good or great, that’s why this is happening to me.”
Whereas humility tends to keep this extreme view at bay by realizing that Gods providence is behind each success, regardless of how small or large.
It is God’s providence pushing me forward because He has a greater purpose in the victories.
He has a two fold purpose for victories.
Kingdom and personal.
God’s providential love working with me for victories.
Therefore my greatness is in God.
2. Therefore, Humility, in the face of success, is thankful, grateful and blessed to have the grace of God in working in their life.
It’s right to credit the Lord with every victory, authority or positional advancement.
3. Humility means we treat people in a high regard:
Yes we keep God in first place, but we also…
Humility also means we keep people in high regard
Fact is having a right perspective about God helps us in this…
Humility is pleasant to people:
As some rise in little levels of success they discontinue fellowship with those of a lower stature.
Humility is a quality that not only pleases the Lord, but it is pleasant to people.
Even if we have been elevated above someone who injured us.
Even if we have come into a place where we could show revenge.
Humility will not repay evil for evil.
Those lacking humility will find that they are therefore:
Short of patience
Judgment of people
Demeaning of people
Cynical of others
Vengeful (repaying evil for evil when we get opportunity)
Distant from people (the common)
Overly selective in friendship
Humility is the sign of a gentleman that is, Humility will determine how he treats those who can be of know use to him.
A lack of arrogance, but not a lack of aggressiveness.
4. Humility does not overstep it’s bounds
Notice the realm of authority that was granted him, yet he was able to respectfully stay in that realm.
Genesis 41: 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, “Make way !” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.”
Compare this with Absolom
What would you do if your boss told you, “you are essentially smarter than me. From now on you are in charge…”
5. Humility waits upon God for promotion:
He shared the dream with the Pharaoh, he shared the plan, but he did not say, “let me lead this” or “let me oversee this”.
Genesis 41: 37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.
38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.
Sometimes we want success so bad, we want to try our hand, we want to use our skill, we want to prove ourselves, that we push ourselves to the forefront wrongfully or prematurely.
Humility is an out growth in the confidence you have in God’s providential love and grace. The absence of striving
6. Humility keeps you pressing;
It’s both acquainted with success and yet at the same time frailty.
Success and yet the need to improve. Not seduced by success or the praise of men. Not slowing down to listen to the praise of men.
Thus, humility keeps you ever pressing, open to new ideas, open to listen and learn. Not guarding the past.
Instead of seeking approval you are seeking knowledge, truth and wisdom.
Paraphrasing Jim Colins in Good to Great: “mixture of intense professional will extreme personal humility. Create superb results, but shun public adulation. Modest.
7. Humility looks at life as a servant rather than a Lord:
Jesus explained humility in leadership by taking a towel and a basin and by washing the feet of His followers.
The washing of feet was the most humiliating work of a common servant in His day. After a hard day of travel the servant would remove the sandals of his master and wash their feet.
Jesus explained that the greatest leaders would be servants.
Servant leadership endears the hearts of the team to the leader.
Are you influencing your children by example?
Are you influencing your peers by example?
Are you influencing your employees by example?
Are you influencing your spouse by example?
Jesus, taught washing of feet
Can we practice this principle in the marketplace?