Seeking Humility

The quality of humility is one of the most critical traits we can possess to gain harmony with our Father. It is in the absence of humility where pride reigns and all of the sins that go along with it, and thus, separation from our Creator and the blessings from which could have been bestowed.

Throughout Scripture are in-numerous examples of both pride and humility. The 51st Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms because we see a humble David broken and repentant upon being confronted with his sins of adultery and murder. I also think of our Lord’s parable, where the man who took the highest seat and disgraced himself in the very act. He went where he was not entitled to go, and he was put back where he properly belonged. But he who took the lowest room, he who did not claim the highest place as his proper position, was rewarded for his humble and just estimate of himself by the invitation to “go up higher” (Luke 14:7-11).

Precisely so is it with our relations to God. When we become conscious of our insignificance before our Maker, we open up the possibility to truly exalt our Lord when otherwise it would not be possible. We see this in the act of worship when we give Him the glory that is due, our whole mood and temper is rightfully brought low. And we are in our right place.

Our feeble, finite, created nature is never in a better position than when we are brought low in His presence. Why is it that the very posture of worship, the posture of humility, elicits respect from all beholders? Even those who worship false gods bring about a sense of reverence, no matter how misguided they are. To see a fellow man who, in attitude at least, is bending before a supreme being; and though we know that his worship is blind and superstitious, most of us would still feel it insulting if he was interrupted in his prayer. There is dignity in worship. The act of adoration, in which the spirit of humility reaches its height, is the most inspirational one of which man is capable.

Humility, then, can breed so many other favorable characteristics. As believers in Christ we must allow our selfhood to be crushed, that all desire to be great should be quenched, and that, instead of all of us wanting to be masters, we should see which of us can be servants. Jesus not only lived an earthly life in complete humility (Matthew 11:29), but He also had much to say on the subject, beginning in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-5). He also spoke about humility being equated with childlike awe (Matthew 18:4) and Jesus made it clear that those who try to put themselves on a pedestal will be brought down low (Luke 14:11). In His parable regarding the prayers of two men, our Lord identified the humble man as one who will be heard and justified (Luke 18:13–14).

Why is humility so important? Because you cannot be full of pride and arrogance if your heart is humble. Humility can bring about such a wonderful sense of peace. When we let go of our own selfishness, we see the world and the people around us so much differently. Humility is THE gateway to living a life as Christ would have us live. It allows us to reflect on our actions and words before we act so we can inwardly ask ourselves “What would Jesus do in this situation?”

When we live a life every moment with this preamble ingrained in our minds and written on our hearts, we are well on our way to walking with God. Having such a spirit can revolutionize relationships where otherwise they would sour as well as bring many, many blessings along the way.

I encourage you to spend some time studying the topic of humility (and its opposite, pride) in God’s Word. Here are just a few verses to get you started. Meditate on these and if you are one in need of a more humble spirit, use these verses in your prayer today:

Numbers 12:3; 1 Kings 21:29; 2 Chronicles 7:14;Psalm 25:9; Proverbs 3:34; Proverbs 11:2; Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 18:12; Proverbs 22:4; Isaiah 66:2; Micah 6:8; Zephaniah 2:3

Matthew 11:28–30; Matthew 23:12; Luke 1:51–54; Romans 12:2–3; Ephesians 4:1–2; Philippians 2:3–11; Colossians 2:18; Colossians 2:23; Colossians 3:12–13; James 4:10; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5–6