Be Transformed by Christ's Example “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5 A battle rages within every one of us every day. It's the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God's call to recognize that we're really nothing without Him. It's pride versus humility. And it's a fight we can't win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross. C. J. Mahaney raises a battle cry to daily, diligently, and deliberately weaken our greatest enemy (pride) and cultivate our greatest friend (humility). His thorough examination clarifies misconceptions, revealing the truth about why God detests pride and turns His active attention to the humble. Because pride is never passive, defeating it demands an intentional attack. The blessing that follows is God's abundant favor“Given pride's pervasive presence in my life, I come to this book in holy fear, yet inspired by God's promises to be humble and sobered by his warnings to the proud (Isaiah 66:2b, 1 Peter 5:5b). Scripture reveals to us that, while pride was the first and most serious sin, God is decisively drawn to humility and is specifically supportive of the humble. Only Christ has fully obeyed Isaiah 66:2b (“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word”), yet He did so as our representative! How marvelous that in our daily battle against pride we can rely on God's grace, through the gospel, and thus bring honor and glory to God.” —C. J. MahaneyPublishers Description
Be Transformed by Christ's Example "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." --1 Peter 5:5 A battle rages within every one of us every day. It's the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God's call to recognize that we're really nothing without Him. It's pride versus humility. And it's a fight we can't win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross. C. J. Mahaney raises a battle cry to daily, diligently, and deliberately weaken our greatest enemy (pride) and cultivate our greatest friend (humility). His thorough examination clarifies misconceptions, revealing the truth about why God detests pride and turns His active attention to the humble. Because pride is never passive, defeating it demands an intentional attack. The blessing that follows is God's abundant favor"Given pride's pervasive presence in my life, I come to this book in holy fear, yet inspired by God's promises to be humble and sobered by his warnings to the proud (Isaiah 66:2b, 1 Peter 5:5b). Scripture reveals to us that, while pride was the first and most serious sin, God is decisively drawn to humility and is specifically supportive of the humble. Only Christ has fully obeyed Isaiah 66:2b ("This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word"), yet He did so as our representative How marvelous that in our daily battle against pride we can rely on God's grace, through the gospel, and thus bring honor and glory to God." --C. J. Mahaney
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|Without Question Worth Your Time May 16, 2010|
|Many Christian books are nice little treatises on things you already know, already agree with, and happily nod about without much life change. Some are educational, but not necessarily transformative. C.J. Mahaney's Humility, thankfully, does not fall into either negative category. In this brief work from one of the T4G guys, readers gain knowledge, receive practical advice, and feel powerful conviction. |
Normally I'd be breaking this down into what I liked, what I disliked, and a set of recommendations. I don't, however, have any real complaints, so I'm just going to share with you the three main points I love about this book.
Mahaney is wonderfully gospel-centered. C.J. recognizes that the most important aid in our humility is not a set of prescribed exercises. No, the cross is the most important way for us to become more humble. As we allow our minds to again ponder the fact that our sin is so vile, so ugly, so evil, and so costly that it could only be paid for by the brutal death of the Son of god in concert with the Father's outpouring of his wrath, we are humbled, wonderfully humbled.
Mahaney also teaches well that humility is not merely a virtue that we might want to cultivate among many others. Instead, he argues well that pride is our greatest enemy and that humility, therefore, must be our best friend. If we want joy in our Christian lives, we must cultivate humility.
This work also contains many very helpful tips. Mahaney offers practical advice in a winsome way to point Christians toward developing godly humility. The advice is the kind of stuff that average folks can really do, but not so simplistic that fairly mature believers can't learn a thing or two.
The bottom line here is that I am very fond of Humility. Mahaney did a good job. He's fun, funny, helpful, humble, and piercing. If you are a believer in Christ, you can definitely benefit from spending some time with C.J. and working to rid yourself of pride and cultivate humility.
|good little book May 11, 2010|
|This is great book that reminded me and taught me how to preach the gospel to myself daily and glorify God by encouraging others.|
|Essential Reading May 3, 2010|
|"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (1 Pet. 5:5b)|
We live in a culture that is built on pride. Facebook, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts, our self-esteem centered education system (our city has a no-fail policy), marketing... Everything about our culture is centered around "me."
The message we constantly receive is, "You're special. You're worth it. You're a winner. You're unique. Be the best you that you can be."
It is a message designed to bolster our pride. Without question, pride is considered a (if not the) primary virtue in our society. And, most troublesomely, it's an attitude that's crept into the church. It affects how we serve, how we give, how we participate in corporate worship, how we interact with non-believers.
But, God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, doesn't He?
In Humility: True Greatness, C.J. Mahaney reminds us of the spiritually-critical need for every Christian to pursue humility by the grace of God, and provides readers with some helpful tools to aid us in our pursuit.
Humility is, without hyperbole, is the most needed character trait for all Christians. It's also the most elusive, because as soon as we profess to be humble, we reveal ourselves to be proud. But what is biblical humility? Mahaney defines is as, "honestly assessing ourselves in light of God's holiness and our sinfulness" (p. 22). It is an honest assessment that affirms the need of the Savior. We cannot possibly hope to be holy as God is holy without grace. And grace requires humility.
As Mahaney methodically moves through both his arguments about the perils of pride and how we can cultivate humility in our own lives, he reminds us that pride is not simply a sin, but it is one hated by God with a particular passion--indeed, John Stott calls it "the root of all sin."
Because of pride, we make idols for ourselves (or of ourselves). Because of pride, our first parents rebelled. Because of pride, Satan fell. Because of pride, Jesus was beaten and crucified.
This book is particularly helpful to me because I struggle with pride to a frightening degree. As those who know me can attest, I can be extremely prideful about everything. It tempts me to rebel against the authorities over me. It tempts me to indulge my selfish desires over the desires of my wife and friends.
I've read this book several times, and every time I've found something that I didn't notice or appreciate in the previous reading. But every time, I'm struck by the profundity of what I believe to be the heart of the book:
"Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ... To truly be serious and deliberate in mortifying pride and cultivating greatness, you must each day survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died."
And (quoting D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones):
"Nothing else can do it. When I see that I am a sinner...that nothing but the Son of God on the cross can save me, I'm humbled to the dust...Nothing but the cross can give us the spirit of humility" (p. 66).
The cross destroys our pride as we see our true selves when we gaze upon it. May we gaze upon it all the more as we appreciate the important reminder from a "proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God" (p. 13)
This book has become essential reading for me, one I turn to again and again. I hope it will be the same for you.
|A Valuable Devotional Resource Apr 30, 2010|
|When I paged through this little book at the bookshop, I kept finding pages that spoke directly to issues I was facing with fear, anxiety, pride, etc., so I knew I had to have it and read from cover to cover. It is a very quick read and has been quite helpful to me. I ended up giving away my copy, and missed it so I bought another. I keep it by my bed, almost as a devotional, with reminders of how to deal with adversity, anxiety, or just ongoing cultivation of spiritual maturity. |
I particularly found valuable an insight that anxiety is rooted in pride, in a need to be self-sufficient.
I highly recommend, and plan to seek this author's other books.
|Great book Feb 26, 2010|
|A friend shared a quote that I think is the central issue with humility. "Every problem in the world is a relationship problem. The problem with relationships is pride. The solution to that problem is humility."|
The older I get, the more I want to say that real and deep wisdom comes with age. Not that with age comes wisdom, because I know many older people that have never acquired wisdom. But that in order to really develop wisdom, you need some years. C.J. Mahaney is a good example of someone that has put in the time and effort into developing wisdom. Humility is a great example of a good book that if we put it into practice will help us move in the direction of spiritual growth, wisdom, and of course, humility.
The first section of Humility is devoted to a description of what is and is not humility, and why pride, the opposite of humility, is the root of all other sin. Mahaney uses a simple way to help describe pride. Pride is when "we contend with God for supremacy". He says that years before contemplating this book he started making confession to God, and occasionally to others, around pride. He stopped saying, "Please forgive me for my pride" and started saying "Please forgive me for contending with God for supremacy." This focuses him more on what pride, and humility, are really about.
The remainder of the book (about the last 75 percent) is devoted to practical ways to encourage humility. Some of them are practices of spiritual devotion, along the lines of Spiritual Devotions for the Christian Life (my review) which is specifically mentioned. But there are many others, like re-claiming our commute. There is also an extended section on sleep, why it is important, why God created it and what we should do for spiritual benefit as we get ready for it. This is probably the closest that anyone I am aware of has come to a theology of sleep.
There is also an extended discussion on Habakkuk about the relationship of suffering and humility. There is good quote from DA Carson, "The truth of the matter is that all we have to do is live long enough and we will suffer." Mahaney then suggests that we need to prepare to respond humbly to trials. He does not really deal with the problem of evil (why is there suffering) but instead focuses on how suffering can allow us to better focus on humility before God.
The final section is on parenting. I am not a parent, but I am a full time nanny for my two nieces (2 1/2 and 1). I think the 15 minutes (on audiobook) or so of why we should focus on developing humility in our children and some practical steps on how to do it are worth the price of the book. Like the rest of the book, the parenting section isn't revolutionary, but it is clear, succinct and convicting. Overall this is a great book.
(I was provided a free audio copy of this book for review.)
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