I probably already lost at least half of you with the title of this post.
Who likes to read anything remotely related to words like “humble” and “humility?”
These words are definitely not popular in a society where it is absolutely normal for people to pride themselves on their countless accomplishments.
Just to make this point clear, a simple definition of “humble,” given by Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “not proud – not thinking of yourself as better than other people.” Humility is defined as “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people – the quality or state of being humble.”
The constant pressure to do better, to perform better, to achieve better things, to outdo each other in everything, to prove our worth, etc. is all around us.
And we find ourselves being caught in this vicious cycle.
We – the body of Christ…
For the past year or so, humility was the word imprinted on my heart time and time again.
As I prayed for a revival and an awakening within my community and in my country, I kept hearing the Lord saying, “Humble yourself.”
As I wrote each blog post, fervently seeking the Father’s heart for what He wants to say, I kept hearing, “Humble yourself.”
As I participated in various theological (and nontheological) debates with my friends on and off Facebook, I was convicted with the words, “Humble yourself.”
As I passionately argued with my friends about issues like vaccines, faith, church, culture, and the recent domestic abuse issue in the church, I kept hearing, HUMBLE YOURSELF.
Let’s face it.
No one likes to think of him/her self as a prideful person.
I certainly did not consider myself a prideful person. (Hear the irony in that one, Tanya?)
So, Why Lord? Why do You keep telling me to humble myself?
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14
This verse kept coming up while I was praying for a revival and an awakening.
“If MY people who are called by MY name HUMBLE themselves…”
Are we humble?…
Is it humility that evokes in us an obsessive desire to possess better homes, cars, designer clothing in order to feel like we have status?
Is it humility that gives us a sense of pride in ourselves as we finish our degrees and manage to snag lucrative job positions?
Is it humility that gives us even the smallest tinge of jealousy when we observe our friends succeed in whatever it is they are doing?
Is it humility that drives mothers to compete with other mothers as we scroll through Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook profiles?
Is it humility when we hold a high view of ourselves based on the types of ministries we are involved at in our churches?
Is it really humility that says, “Who are you to teach me these things? I know better. I’ve been a Christian much longer than you. I am a ministry team leader. I am a pastor, etc.”
Do any of the above examples speak of humility?
We are CHRISTians.
We are the disciples of Christ.
Besides putting our faith into Him, as His disciples, we live exemplifying His teachings and His life.
We were called to KNOW Christ. It means that “in our knowing Christ we are becoming like him – thinking, feeling, and living as he commands.” (Understanding The Meaning Of The Term “Disciple”)
Jesus is our example.
If He lived among us today, would He live like we are living?
Would His life resemble our modern lives at least a little?
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil. 2:3-8
This is who I follow.
This is who I am supposed to be – a humble servant who loves others like Christ loved me, counting my brothers and sisters more significant than myself, and to have their interests in my heart on the same level as my own interests…
As I did a search of what the Bible has to say about humbleness and humility, I was astounded to see so many verses that talk about humility and pride.
Through His Word, God shows us that He has a pretty strong opinion about those who harbor even the slightest hint of pridefulness in their hearts.
That should not be surprising, because pride was what drove Lucifer, the most beautiful of God’s creations, to rebel against his Creator – Is. 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-15.
Satan’s pride brought about his fall and it was also the sin of pride that brought the fall of humanity (The First Sin).
No wonder God abhors pride! Prov. 8:13
The kind of pride God hates is the one that keeps us from depending on Him. It is being self-righteous, seeing everyone else below ourselves. It is taking pride in our accomplishments (or even our spiritual gifting and anointing), while forgetting that it was God who gave it all to us (1 Cor. 4:7), and it is God who heals, casts out demons, and breaks the chains of bondage.
This kind of pride is the worship of self…
And it can destroy even the most sincere Christian.
So, as I keep praying for a revival and awakening in my region and my country, I am reminded to keep humbling myself.
My prayer is for the Holy Spirit to keep stripping away anything that remotely smells like pride that leads to self-worship.
My prayer is that I never take my eyes off of Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith” – Heb. 12:2
He humbled Himself.
And so should we…
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