Humility: What’s it to you?

The scriptures command us to humble ourselves. There is an obvious underlying assumption – that we ALL reek with pride!

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…” (1 Peter 5:6).

Facing up to humility is a little like arriving at a cliff and looking across the valley far below and hearing God tell us to keep going, down into that valley. The valley was made for us to cross, as part of our life journey. But it is such a long way down!

Most people decide not to cross. They, like Nebuchadnezzar, refuse to listen to God’s warning and choose to persist in their pride instead. For Nebuchadnezzar, it was only 12 months later when God confronted him and tossed him from earth’s highest cliff to its lowest abyss. For seven years, he went across the fields as a beast (Daniel 4).

Numerous leaders, fathers, mothers and an endless stream of children have fallen into adulterous and materialistic sins. God has warned each one of them to humble themselves. But each one of them stubbornly resists to take the steps down to humility. They think far too much of their position in life, their self-gratification of desires and confidence in their wealth.
But they only need time before they fall over the cliff. It is a hard way to find humility.

By contrast the brave and discerning dare to look at their lives from God’s perspective. The steps down are steep, but they can carefully descend. They know the quick way down, but, by God’s grace, have assessed that the damage would exceed the time saved! Humbling themselves is much like the careful manipulation of their feet, so as not to plunge down into the depths of the canyon.

Humble, not Proud. If we choose to humble ourselves with God’s help, we can carefully descend. But if we harden ourselves, the scriptures say the path of the proud ends in a fall. So why push God to send us over a cliff? Why not deliberately humble ourselves and go down that valley on our own?! This is what the scriptures exhort us to do.

This is the path of Christ Jesus. The most high and excellent one died a death, for the sake of others, in obedience to His Father. In complete humility.

Humility, so often neglected, stands as one of the foundational teachings for having a growing and fruitful Christian life. In a real sense humility holds the secret for growth, wisdom, perseverance, blessing, salvation, and wonderful relationships.
Are you humbled by the way you have lived as a Christian and heard so little emphasis placed on the importance humility should play in our Christian lives. And yet Jesus placed such great emphasis on humility.

“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:4).
We do not naturally seek the path of humility. But if we seek to follow Christ, then our training must include a number of hikes on the trail of humility. God does not take a man to great heights without first walking him through the darkness of the valley.

Our pathway has been beautifully carved out by the glorious and gracious Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s follow it……