What we have to understand is that Christians are not competing with each other. They are not out there trying to figure out who is good or bad. This is the reason why we have to know that a group of religious people is a breeding ground for competition. A religious group will always want to find out who is the best among them. Jesus dealt with this situation when he was training the twelve apostles.
In Matthew 20: 27- 28 the Bible says, “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”. Here we can see that Humility is one other key element involved in turning away from sin. Those who turn to God reflect humility because of Jesus Christ who dwells within them by faith.
Humility is a Christian principle that even Christ followed.
What happened with Christ? Jesus Christ humbled himself. In
Philippians 2:8 the Scripture says, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”. Christ is humble that is why we must be humble too.
In James 4:10 The Bible says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up”. Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father because he humbled himself. Christ followed the principle of humility. This means that blessings will follow us when we humble ourselves before God.
In Matthew 23:12 the Bible also says, ”And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted”. To be abased means to be reduced to a lower rank. Having a high opinion of one’s own importance might work among people, but not with God. We have to humble ourselves before God and the first step begins with the attitude that seriously sets on turning away from sin.
We may feel like we are not so bad when we compare ourselves to others, but comparing ourselves to God’s standards will always reveal how unrighteousness we are before Him. God is righteous and we are not. Without the work that Christ has done for us through the cross we can not have the chance of being righteous through faith.
In Romans 10:3 the Bible says, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”. It is easy for us to establish our own righteousness, it is better to receive the righteousness that comes from God because pride prevents people from submitting themselves to God’s righteousness. God’s righteousness is of a higher standard.