Why Humility Leads to Greatness

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Bible Text: Matthew 18:1-4; 11:28-30

Humility leads to greatness because it's the nature of God. Since humility is the nature of God, he loves humble people and promotes them. 

Everyone loves their kind and lives with them. God loves the humble and dwells with them (Isaiah 57:15).

Jesus is God and admonished everyone to learn his meek and humble nature to find rest.

Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Humility does not only give rest to the possessor but leads them to greatness (Proverbs 15:33).

The disciples of Jesus asked him who the greatest in the kingdom was (Matthew 18:1). They expected him to say the Pharisees and other prominent religious leaders. But Christ used little children for his illustration (Matthew 18:24).

Children are known for their tender and humble nature. They don't hold grudges and easily forgive. They are never arrogant. They speak softly. They are humble in every aspect. Christ said the people with such nature are the greatest in God's kingdom.

Christ told his disciples that the greatest among them will be a servant (Matthew 23:11).

A servant is someone with a humble heart who takes delight in service rather than the desire to rule and exercise authority over people (Mark 10:42-43). God loves people with such nature and promotes them.

God gives grace to the humble. Through the grace they receive from God, they become great (Matthew 23:11).

Humility leads to greatness and promotion.

1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”

Through humility, lowly men become great. However, they should stay humble when they are promoted because God hates pride and brings low anyone found guilty (Proverbs 16:18; 11:2).

The great people of this world are humble. The meek inherit the earth, as Christ said (Matthew 5:5). The prosperity of the wicked is for a season.

Let us, with all humility and gentleness, bear one another in love to reach greatness (Ephesians 4:2).
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