God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. Matthew 5:5 (NLT)
Humility is one of those qualities which are so difficult to develop and exhibit – we are all prone to become arrogant and proud, and it’s expected and encouraged in our community. We become proud of our achievements, we become proud of our abilities, we become proud of our assets and proud of our assignments.
There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance. We can be confident but remain humble. Arrogance is when we think we are better than someone else; confidence is when we know that no-one is better than us. We are all equal – some might be better at some things, others better at others. So, even if you are super-intelligent; don’t become arrogant, because you will lack something, often common sense! If you are extraordinarily efficient at something, you will be totally inept at others.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honour.
James 4:10 (NLT)
Personally, I have been specifically told – by God, Himself, I believe – to be humble. The single verse that stood out to me when I first became a Christian, having read the Bible from cover to cover; the one verse that stood out from over 31,000 verses, was:
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
And I was reminded of that when, on the day of my baptism, I sensed God saying to me: “Now, remember, keep your feet on the ground!” That was His reminder to me to remain humble. Several times throughout my Christian walk, I have been reminded of this, as the Holy Spirit brings that verse to my recollection, as well as the reminder to “keep your feet on the ground.” God knows my personality, and knows my tendency to speak and behave in an arrogant manner – even though I might not feel it myself, it can be how I am perceived. And it’s a constant battle to modify my speaking and my actions accordingly – and often I fail.
Humility was so important to Jesus that He taught specifically on the subject. This was at a dinner, when He noticed that everyone tried to sit in the best seats – the seats of honour. He said to them:
When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honour… Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table.
Luke 14:8,10 (NLT)
Even Jesus’ disciples struggled with humility:
Then they [the disciples] began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them.
Luke 22:24 (NLT)
But Jesus taught with authority and by His own example. It wasn’t “do as I say, but don’t do as I do;” it was “do as I say, because I also do as I say.” He demonstrated His humility by His act of serving His disciples, as He washed their feet:
So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
John 13:5 (NLT)
What an amazing moment! Just imagine if that had been you, a disciple of Jesus. The Son of God, Himself, taking your feet and tenderly washing them and drying them; the ultimate act of love and devotion – washing the lowest, dirtiest, basest part of your being.
And that’s what He does today. He takes the most sordid, immoral, dirtiest, vilest, dishonourable, part of your being – with your filthy thoughts and your sordid deeds – and He washes you as clean as snow. It’s the ultimate act of love and devotion – to you and for you. The King of Kings, Lord of all – the purest and most holy of all – taking your dirt and rather than your dirt rubbing off on Him, His glory and His purity rubs off on you!
Just imagine – you mix dirty water with pure clean water, and instead of it all ending up dirty the water is make clean and pure instead. It’s unbelievable, it’s incomprehensible, it’s inconceivable, and it’s unfathomable. It is completely beyond our understanding – but it’s real. It is truth.
It’s a light that shines into the darkness. Where the light shines, there cannot be darkness. Let Jesus shine His light into your soul today, penetrating into your heart and soul, and changing your life. It started with His humility – let it transform you, and may it humble you; then, may you be blessed. Blessed are the humble.
May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that You bless the humble. Help us remain humble in our day to day lives. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
It can be a daily struggle, and if you need help – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to struggle alone – Jesus is ready to forgive you for all those times that you have got things wrong, just as we all have – you just need to ask Him. May God Bless You.