Humility is such a challenge for mankind. It is truly one of the attributes everyone appreciates others to perform towards them. However, humility is something rarely sought out by the individual to demonstrate as part of their normal behavior or character trait. It’s so difficult to go lower, rather than to puff up or think of one’s self.
Thinking of self is the absence of humility. Humility is this intangible quality that can rarely be identified in the life of another. It is one of the rarest of traits demonstrated in today’s fast-food, me first, pop rock environment.
Humility to me is this elusive ever challenging pursuit that I too often find myself coming up empty handed. Humility is something that once you think you’ve got your hand on it, TRAP closed, you’ve got your hand caught in the cookie jar of pride or self.
Selfish ambition, pride, ego and self exaltation are all around us. Everyday we encounter “commercials” for these attitudes in all forms of media. We can’t help but be affected and begin to copy and mimic these traits as something to aspire to. It’s the sad reality of this world.
The truth is, whoever wants to be great must be a servant. We must become servants with the thoughts and desires for Jesus and then our neighbor. Humility looks out for others before it looks out for itself.
I write all of this not as one who’s figured it out. Simply put, I’m writing notes of reminders as to who I’ve been and who I am and where I desire to go. I desire to walk in humility, even if it takes my entire life to come closer to this reality of existence.
Jesus was PERFECT. Jesus was HOLY. Jesus never did one thing wrong. Jesus never lusted. Jesus never committed sexual immorality. Jesus never disobeyed, mocked, or dis-honored His parents. Jesus never stole, killed or coveted. Yet, He chose to lay His life down for the very men who put Him on the cross. He laid His life down for dust. We are made out of dust and water. The King of GLORY died and rose again because of His great humility and love for mankind (including the worst person you can think of who ever lived – the truth is before a HOLY PERFECT God we are ALL criminals – we all deserve death). For the glory set before Him He laid down His life and saved us. For those who call on His name and believe He is who He says He is – the Son of God – died on the cross, buried 3 days and rose again never tasting death again.
“How can you believe if you accept praise from one another?” Nothing can cure you of the desire to receive glory from men or of the sensitiveness and pain and anger that come when it is not given, but seeking alone the glory that comes from God. Let the glory of the all-glorious God be everything to you. You will be freed from the glory of men and of self and be content and glad to be nothing. Out of this nothingness you will grow strong in faith, giving glory to God, and you will find that the deeper you sink in humility before Him, the nearer He is to fulfill every desire of your faith.” – Andrew Murray
Murray, Andrew (2001-09-01). Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness (Kindle Locations 643-647). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.