Humility: Real or Fake?

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, there is a new fad among top-level business executives—it's called humility, a once-unpopular leadership virtue.

The article notes: Humility "is the flavor du jour." Companies increasingly prize humble leaders because they listen well, admit mistakes and share the limelight, recruiters and coaches say. "The servant leadership model promotes collaboration," says Dale E. Jones, an executive recruiter.

Of course, there's one major problem with humble pie for the CEO—you must actually become humble. Apparently fakes abound. In fact, one former CEO didn't understand the humility part of acting humble. After everyone discovered he was faking humility to get ahead in business, the board of directors fired him. As one business expert noted, "If you have to act humble, it won't work. You either are or you're not."

Christ didn’t simply act humble. He was humble. He was God, who became man. He voluntarily left the glories of heaven to come to this wicked, sinful earth. He was born in a barn. He had no home of His own. He stooped down to wash His disciples’ feet – and the grand climax of his life of humiliation was DEATH ON A CROSS!

When Christ came to earth, he wasn't just acting humble. He became truly humble for our sakes. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. God took on the form of man. He humbled Himself. He came to serve us all.

I invite you to bring your youth group, your leadership team, your men’s Bible Study group, or your school to The Center for Evangelism at Fred Jordan Missions. Learn Evangelism and Outreach in this hands-on ministry. Join us for a day, for a weekend, or for a week. Together, we will serve those whom Jesus called “the least of these,” here on the streets of Skid Row.

Willie L. Jordan
(Mrs. Fred Jordan)