Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Can A Christian Be Humble and Successful?

How can a Christian be humble and still be successful? Is the Bible's challenge for us to humble ourselves, as Jesus said, or to wear humility, as we read in Colossians 3, compatible with our desires to succeed in our careers? 

I believe the answer to that question is yes, when we understand the real meaning of humility.  What most people think of when they talk about being humble is not the real meaning of the term, but rather a false humility. 

For example, refusing to accept compliments graciously is not real humility.  Saying degrading things about ourselves is not a sign of humility.  Refusing to accept reward­s or recognition for what we've accomplished is not a sign of humility.

True humility is a natural outcome of learning who we are in comparison to who God is.  When we are in a life-long process of constantly learning that everything we are and everything we do is because of who God is, then humility becomes a natural characteristic.  But it does not make us into a doormat nor does it keep us from achieving goals and ambitions.  Indeed, true humility helps us in the business world.

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