1 Corinthians 1: Why Humility Matters

Why does humility matter? Because all we have and all we are comes from God.

We could never create ourselves nor sustain ourselves. We have no reason to boast, except in God. Paul notes this in 1 Corinthians 1:

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

God chooses the weak:

-David, a shepherd boy, to defeat the giant Goliath and later become king of Israel

-Ruth, an immigrant who became an ancestor of Jesus.

-Jesus, born to a peasant family in a place intended for animals, proved himself as God’s Son and defeat death through his resurrection.

You may feel weak today. Be encouraged. God uses the weak.

You may feel strong today. Be humble. Your strength comes from God.

Either way, humility matters as it reminds us of who rightly must receive the glory and credit for all good things.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

Matthew 23: How to Be (Truly) Great

“The greatest among you will be your servant.” -Matthew 23:11

Jesus turns his attention toward one major problem and its solution in Matthew 23. The problem is hypocrisy. The religious leaders of his time taught purity, yet lived in luxury. They communicated Scripture, yet sought to kill Jesus and in doing so break Scripture.

We would expect the solution to be sincerity or authenticity, but it’s not. The solution Jesus gave to hypocrisy was humility: “The greatest among you will be your servant.”

But how do we become more humble? To even draw attention to the desire for humility seems boastful in the first place. We can’t be proud of our humility (Or shouldn’t be!).

Simply put, the solution is serving others. Jesus declared seven “woes” or condemnations to the Pharisees in chapter 23 because their focus was on self, not service. If a religious leader (or anyone who claims to follow Jesus) cannot occasionally take out the trash, wash dishes, help the poor, sweep the floor, fold laundry, change a diaper, or perform laboring tasks on behalf of others, they are not truly leaders, but rather modern-day Pharisees who have become the hypocrites of our time.

May we seek to serve today, reflecting the love of our Lord, who came to serve and to offer his life as a ransom for many.

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Dillon Burroughs has written, co-written, or edited over 60 books, including the upcoming devotional work Thirst No More (October 2011). He served as an associate editor for The Apologetics Study Bible for Students and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Find out more at DillonBurroughs.org.


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