Our measure of true humility is Christ Himself. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil 2:3-8).
Christlike humility is seen in those who are willing to serve, with faithfulness and diligence, in any task assigned to them. They will do a small task as carefully as they would do a larger task.
In God’s Kingdom, He often starts us with small responsibilities to help strengthen our character and teach us faithfulness. As we are diligent and faithful in little, God then releases more to us (Matt 25:21).
Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2,3). The Lord is looking for those who will labor in His harvest. He needs “leader-laborers”, people who are willing to do more than the minimum.
The Lord desires those who will: wait and pray when others are unwilling (Ex 33:11; Matt 26:40,41); diligently study God’s Word as a worker (2Tim 2:15); be just as diligent in teaching a Sunday school lesson to children as they would to a large crowd (Luke 19:17); put their full trust in God, while being boldly obedient to the Holy Spirit’s promptings (Rom 8:14; 2Tim 1:7).
A fruitful leader-laborer will pick up trash or set up chairs with as much praise and worship to His Lord as if miracles were being performed through his hands. This is possible because a godly leader-laborer knows that ALL that he/she does is for the glory of God and therefore worthy of his/her best efforts! (Col 3:17,23).
b. A Teachable Attitude
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov 9:10); “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov 1:7).
The mark of true spiritual maturity is a growing recognition of how little you know and how much you still need the Lord! Good disciples are those who are willing to learn, and who continue learning throughout their life. They recognize the unsearchable riches of God and His ways (Rom 11:33-35). They continually devote themselves to knowing more of God (Phil 3:7-14).
A teachable person is willing to be taught and shaped by God’s hand, regardless of their age or experience. God does not require that leaders be brilliant; but they do need to be willing to learn and obey whatever God instructs.