Humility is accepting ourselves as we really are before God
Humility has been a prayer of my heart for quite some time. My head knowledge knows that Christ is the only one deserving of praise, yet my heart tries to convince myself that I deserve some of it. This false humility leaves a distaste in my mouth because the very virtue of humility is so pure and genuine. Is anyone in the same boat? How does God say that we can acquire this much desired trait?
Understanding our position
In the grand scheme of things it is a wonder that the Creator of the universe would be willing to have a personal relationship with us, but He does. That is humbling. Sometimes our actions portray that we think God should feel privileged we chose Him, rather than the understanding that we should feel privileged He chose us, by dieing on the cross for us.
What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Confess your Sins
When we take the time to openly confess our imperfections, we truly start to understand how much we need a Savior. I am not just talking about the “big” sins, but anything that falls short of the glory of God. Confessing isn’t just to get it off your chest, but to ask forgiveness from a loving God. Then, repent and turn away from anything that is sinful and keeping you in bondage.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
Be a Servant
Be a servant to all. Nobody wants to be taken advantage of, but if we truly want to seek a heart of humility, scripture portrays that of the meekness of a servant. True humility is a beautiful thing.
If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
Serve without recognition
When seeking a humble heart, one must be willing to serve others without the need for praise or accolades.
Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
There is so much to be thankful for all around us. Take time to thank God for your many blessings, whether big or small, and realize that those blessings are from God.
Every good and perfect gift is from above.
Follow Christ’s Example
Christ’s very essence exuded humility. Although He is a King, He chose to serve others out of love. He washed His disciples’ feet and spent countless hours healing and ministering to others. He never monopolized on His position, it was always about His love for others. Christ was spit on, mocked, and tortured, by the very people He came to save. As He laid down His own life of grandeur to physically express that we were valuable to Him, by willfully subjecting Himself to a sinners’ punishment so we may live.
Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey…
Strength of Humility
God gives grace for those who take on the position to willfully offer their life as a sacrifice to others. It is not a disciplinary action. It is a privilege to be able to be a part of blessing others, and in turn, we ourselves will be blessed. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by the cares of the world. We spend so much energy seeking our own advancement that we miss out on the blessing, and journey of helping others.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Real humility is a sign of strength, authentic confidence, and courage. It is the mark of a true man.