• Bishop Keith Butler

Real Leaders Exhibit Humility

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3)


In Philippians 2:3, Paul made an emphatic statement about the motivation that we should and shouldn’t have in doing any task.

He wrote that nothing should be done in strife. We should never be involved in a task that is motivated purely by anger. When you try to accomplish something for the sake of vengeance or spite, it will never work out the way you desire. Angry accomplishments will always backfire.

Paul also said not to do anything for vainglory. This means doing anything based on selfish desires and motivation. If you are fulfilling a task for the sole purpose of showing everyone that you are better than so-and-so, you will never get your desired result.


Instead of these two mindsets, Paul gave a revolutionary way to accomplish any task from work to raising children, to handling difficult co-workers or anything God places on your heart. We should esteem others better than themselves. In other words, real success comes when you count everyone as more important than you.


Humility isn’t saying, “I'm a horrible person. I don't deserve anything; I'm just a sinner.” That’s not humility, that’s self-degradation.


Humility is always thinking about others as more important than yourself. Humility is doing unto others what you would have done unto you. Humility is one of the markers of great leaders.


Practical Application – Take time to thank someone today. A humble person will build up others with their praise. Who can use your encouragement today?


Job 35:13; Proverbs 22:4

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