I had two goals for this month-long look at humility.
To have humility in my:
Relationship with God
To know God more . . . not about Him but Him. To sit at His feet with awe and wonder. To pay closer attention to what He is doing around me. To spend less time thinking about me and more time thinking about Him.
Relationships with People
To learn more about what it means to live humbly with people and still be a strong, courageous, follower of Jesus. To find a better balance between caring for others and caring for me. To see what true humility looks like in a society where it is often discouraged.
So, how did it go?
What are the most important things I learned and you need to know about humility?
1. To have true humility I have to remember, “It’s not about me.”
Trusting God to have my best interest at heart.
Believing that His every Word and promise is absolute truth.
Being confident He will meet my every need with love.
2. To live with humility, I only need to live out God’s personal plans and purposes for me.
Comparing myself to others robs my joy and makes it hard for me to do the things God wants me to do.
God isn’t comparing you and me to anyone else. We all fall short of His perfection; yet, He still chooses to use us for His glory.
3. To grow in humility, I need to know God, to sit at Jesus’ feet . . . to grow closer in our relationship.
The measure of humility in your life and mine will always be in direct proportion to what we believe to be the truth about God. Greater God equals lesser me.
When I think about how awesome God is, how amazing His creation, how immeasurable His love . . . I am flattened. I am humbled.
4. Knowing God forgives and loves me is overwhelming and humbling news worth sharing.
No matter how you and I feel – we are loved.
The King of kings and Lord of lords gave up everything to show us how much. No success will make Him love you more. No failure will make Him love you less.
5. True humility finds contentment and satisfaction in God, not in having or being the best.
I just need to do my best. Trust and follow God’s guidance and be humble. To find my source of contentment in my relationship to God through Jesus and celebrate His blessings.
With possessions, power, and, popularity this week’s “best” will always be replaced with next week’s new and improved.
People are annoying, self-serving, prideful, and at times, just plain difficult. Living out humility with people who aren’t . . . isn’t easy. But I can follow Jesus example of strong humility.
Humility is strength under control.
7. Sometimes the hardest place to be humble is at home with those closest to me.
Humility is shown in the little ways you and I offer love. It shows itself in sacrifice and service.
Extra grace is always required in our homes. We will never be perfect at this humility thing. The important thing is to never give up.
8. Things will make me angry and that’s okay. It’s possible to be humble and angry.
Sin should make me angry; however, I need to be careful not to become proud or self-righteous in my anger. I need God’s help to practice humility when I’m angry.
“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” ~Billy Graham
It’s hard not to get caught up in their drama or let them kill my joy but with God’s help, I can remember… to stay patient and not take their words and actions personally.
“Kindness is just love with its work boots on.” ~Author unknown
10. The most important part of living humbly is surrendering completely to God and following wherever He leads.
Living humbly insists I remember . . . even as I fulfill His plans and purposes, I am only using the gifts and abilities He has given.
You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:8–10
The #1 thing I learned – Humble people don’t think they’re humble.
Living humbly requires an awareness that pride is always fighting for my attention.
Let me ask you one last time…
Has your number changed?
On a scale of 1 to 10 – If 1 is proud (completely self-focused) and 10 is humble (completely God and others focused) where would you fall?
Proud 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Humble
Humility is more complex than I ever imagined. Jesus commanded it and modeled it. And the blessings of following His example are immeasurable.
They are blessed who are humble, for the whole earth will be theirs. Matthew 5:5
Whoever makes himself great will be made humble. Whoever makes himself humble will be made great. Matthew 23:12
Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
I will continue to slide up and down the scale, but I’m more aware and more than ever . . . I’m humbled by God’s grace, mercy, and love.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about humility?
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