Philippians 1:20 — I eagerly expect and hope that I in no way will be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death (NIV).
Paul, unlike so many Christians, was confident in his faith. His confidence could almost be mistaken for arrogance, but he was a model of humility and faith. Paul knew who he was in Christ, and he had no intention of ever being ashamed because of Him.
Another word for ashamed is humiliated. Paul was convinced he would in no way be humiliated. Remember, he was in prison as he wrote this letter to the Philippians. As I thought about what he was saying in this verse, I asked myself, “How could he not be humiliated?” I would think being imprisoned for your faith would be the ultimate slap in the face, but Paul was not ashamed while in chains.
I want to share with you the revelation I received regarding this verse. Being in prison was not humiliating for Paul; it was humbling. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (NKJV). The opposite of humility is pride, and pride causes a person to fall. Since this is true, the opposite must also be true. A truly humble person will not fall or be humiliated. Hallelujah!
Paul realized his life was not his own; he became a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). He had nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of. His prayer was to have the strength and courage to forever magnify the name of Jesus, whether by life or by death. He exalted Christ without shame. Now that’s humility.
I encourage you today to live a life of humility, presenting yourself as a living sacrifice to Him. True humility prevents humiliation. Ask God to reveal any arrogance there may be in your life. Repent, turn from it, and be confident in your faith.
Luke 14:11 — “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (NIV).
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