4 “S’s” of Humility


While we were on vacation, my father-in-law delivered a great talk about humility and how it makes for a strong marriage (and obviously this can be applied to many other relationships). Specifically, there were four “S’s” he found in Philippians 2:

1. Selflessness

Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” The metaphor given here was that as kids trying to help one another over a fence, two kids would interlock fingers to make a foothold, providing a “boost” for another kid to get over the fence.

Humility is selfless, choosing to build up others and give them a “boost”, not oneself.

2. Servanthood

As Philippians 2 continues, it tells us that Jesus did not “consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”

Verse 5 tells us that our attitude ought to be the same as that of Jesus. Thus, we need to lay our lives down for our spouses and those around us God has called us to serve.

3. Suffering

In verse 8, it says that Jesus “humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”

Sometimes, humility will bring about suffering for us. While this is so counter-intuitive to our culture, as believers, we need to be willing to suffer because that’s what Jesus did and that’s what humble people do.

4. Sacrifice

Finally, and ultimately, humility in Jesus meant He sacrificed all He had – His very life. To be humble means that we will sometimes have to sacrifice something for the good of another.


No doubt, these four “S’s” are packed with conviction. What I want you to do today is say is to read through these four questions prayerfully, asking Jesus to make you more like Him in any and all of them that He is speaking to you about.

Where do I need to be more selfless and give someone else a “boost” right now?

Who is God calling me to serve right now?

Where is there suffering in my life and how am I responding to it?

Am I sacrificing anything for the sake of another?


Lord Jesus, make us truly humble. Help us to be selfless, help us to serve one another, help us to suffer with You where You’ve called us to suffer, and help us to sacrifice for the sake of one another when we need to. Jesus, we can’t change ourselves in these areas, but You can. Please help us in humility to consider others as better than ourselves. In Jesus name, Amen.


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