BY EXPRESSING HUMILITY DO PEOPLE PRECEIVE YOU TO BE A WEAK PERSON?
This is truly a profound question, one that I hope each person would pause their worldly thoughts and ponder the true answer to how they perceive themselves when people call them weak minded, cowards, and so many other things that we know that we are not, when we are attempting to live the life of Jesus Christ expressing our Humility towards our fellowman.
Now let us look at how the Apostle Paul teaches us by showing the example of Jesus as the Humble Servant. He says, “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]”
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly graspedor retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! (Philippians 2:5-8 AMP)
We as believers are to sit ourselves apart from the world. In other words, we are to humble ourselves before God and resist the evil things that the devil will set before us. We find that the bible dictionary meaning of Humility is, “the quality or condition of being humble, modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.”
Now let us take a look at what James tells us about this subject. He says, “Submit yourselves’ therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:7-10 ESV).
In this, we are given a choice, we can befriend God are we can befriend the world. Some of us may say that we will befriend both God and the world, but in practice, we can only choose one way. The more we give ourselves to the world, the stronger will be our allegiance to the world. The more we give ourselves to God, the stronger will be our bond with him. This is what Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. (Matthew 6:21)
We have to remember, that we can find strength in the Lord, although the world may consider us weak when we show humility. This is because the world wants us to be filled with pride, and God sets himself against the proud because pride makes us self-centered and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine. It creates greedy appetites for far more than we need. Pride can subtly cause us to no longer see our sins or our need for forgiveness.
But remember this one great truth, humility opens the way for God’s grace to flow into our lives; thus, God shows favor to the humble. Humility is not weakness; instead, it is the only place that believers gain courage to face all their temptations and sins with God’s strength. As God gives us more grace, we realize that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. It is our choice we can humble ourselves and receive God’s grace, or we can continue in our pride and self-sufficiency and experience his anger.
Now let me conclude this by leaving you with these two questions; (1). How do we, so prone to pride at the very moment when we think we might be approaching humility, discover true humility? (2). How do we become the kind of humble people who find the overflowing grace that God promises?
May the grace of God fill your lives with His overflowing blessings, and bring you much joy and peace now and forever, in Jesus name. AMEN!
- Humility: The Pathway to Significance (iamjeremiah2911.wordpress.com)
- When you lack humility, pride will flood your souls and you will sin against Me (trusthismercy.wordpress.com)
- The Challenge of Humility (newevangelizers.com)
- 9 Signs of Spiritual Maturity – Humility (shelleymmorris.wordpress.com)
- The Great Act of Humility…by Billy Graham (darylgstewart.net)
- The Embodiment of Humility (mydelightandmycounsellors.wordpress.com)
- Humility! (ducc3d.wordpress.com)