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Be Humble, Not Invisible

A few years ago, I saw a superhero comedy. But this movie wasn’t about your super strong Superman, Batman or Captain America types. This one was about your second- or third-stringers. No one on this team had powers that could really be considered “super.” The one I remember most was a guy who could become invisible. But there was a catch. He could only be invisible when no one was looking at him. As soon as you took notice of him, his power was gone.

A lot of people think humility is like that guy’s super power. They think, to be humble, you have to make yourself invisible, and as soon as you say something about yourself — poof! — humility gone. But that’s not how Paul talks about humility in 2 Corinthians.

If you were to only read the first two verses of 2 Corinthians 3, you might think Paul’s humility had disappeared. He says that the church in Corinth is his “letter of recommendation” and that it’s “known and read by everyone.” Is Paul bragging here? Is he saying he’s a big shot? Nope. In verse three, he says this letter is “from Christ … written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.”

Paul goes on to talk about the source of his ministry. He gives all credit for his confidence and competency to Christ. Humility isn’t about minimizing yourself to the point of invisibility, it’s about maximizing Christ for His glory.


  • Is God only glorified through preaching or leading worship or is He glorified when we do our best at anything?
  • What is one way you can maximize God’s glory today?

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