Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Humility, True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney

Humility: True Greatness
Humility, True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney
How do you define TRUE greatness? Can you give an example of someone who is truly great? What personality traits do they have? Well if it is someone that the world thinks is "great", they are probably some sort of entertainer (athlete, singer, actor) - but if it is someone that God thinks is great, very few people probably know their name. The Bible defines TRUE greatness as a servant. This book was very convicting for me personally, and I am sure you will find it that way as well. We all battle pride, and as the author points out, some of us might even feel a little proud that we are reading a book about humility. How sad is that ?! Thankfully, the book points out several practical ways to battle the sin of pride. This cannot be done without the saving work that Jesus did on the cross. So is the top priority of the list of suggestions on how to weaken pride and cultivate humility:

1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ.
2. Begin your day by acknowledging your dependence upon God and your need of God.
3. Begin your day expressing gratefulness to God.
4. Practice the spiritual disciplines - prayer, study of God's Word, worship. Do this consistently each day and at the day's outset, if possible.

...and you'll have to read the book for yourself to get the rest of the list. It also suggests focusing a study on the attributes of God (particularly those that are different than humans like omniscient and omnipotence), the doctrine of sin and the doctrine of grace. When you focus on how great God is and how horrible sin is then grace is so much sweeter and undeserved. It sure is hard to be proud with that at the forefront of your mind.

I would suggest this book for ALL who believe in Jesus as their Savior. We are all very proud people and need to read this book to begin the battle against pride, or as a tool to continue to fight the good fight. Excellent book!

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