Am I humble?
Am I humble? Why, yes. I like to think so.
” If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.” C.S. Lewis
Oh, how prideful I am. I lack humility!
We can waiver back and forth like this between pride and low self-worth. One minute we are puffed up and the next we are self-loathing. Deep and true humility though is something only God can produce in us, because in our flesh we think of ourselves too often, whether it be in a prideful way or a self-loathing way, the focus is still on ourselves.
The more we try to make ourselves humble, really the less humble we are. Because we focus inward.
We can’t make ourselves more humble, but our humility naturally develops when we look to the Cross.
How can it not? How can we not fall on our knees in humility when our eyes are on the Cross?
God is Holy. He alone is worthy. He alone is Majesty. He alone deserves any praise. No human deserves any of that.
Human praise produces pride. Humility, though, points it all to Him. We can be praised for what we do, but it all goes back to Him, because, without Him, we do no good thing. Anything we are, have, or do, is through Him alone.
Humility seeks to glorify God and not myself. Humility seeks to serve others and not myself. And humility doesn’t desire praise.
For the Christian, this is a struggle. We daily fight our flesh that seeks approval and praise to define our self-worth. But our worth comes from Jesus. Our life depends on His sacrifice on the Cross.
And that truth is what makes us bow down in a humble spirit to Him every moment. Then, and only then, we can live and serve others in true humility.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:4-8 (ESV)
Won’t you pray with me…Oh, Lord, empty me of myself and my desire to seek praise apart from You. Let me constantly think of others above myself, and You above all. Help me to walk in humility daily, with my eyes firmly fixed on You, the only One worthy of all praise, for You alone are Holy.