~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 3), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Humility is so beautiful and multi-faceted that is as difficult to define as grace. No one definition can capture all of what humility is. Over the past few weeks, we have covered a number of scriptures about humility. By way of review, here are some of them again:
- “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.” (Ps. 25:9)
- “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.'” (Isa 57:15)
- “‘For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.'” (Luke 14:11)
- “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'” (James 4:6)
- “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
So, if you are humble, you will be:
- Taught His Ways
- Dwelled with by God
- Given grace
- Lifted up
WOW! That’s a pretty good list! And you may read it and think “that does sound pretty good.” But, truth is, walking humility out can be a bit harder. At times, we may find ourselves thinking “if I don’t promote myself, then who will?” That concern can, itself, drive a host of prideful attitudes and actions. The good news is that it comes from having a completely erroneous understanding of humility! Why is having a misunderstanding good news?!? Because we can get a correct understanding! We need to understand Biblical humility – what God says humility is. God’s humility does not leave you left behind – it does exactly the opposite!!! Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up! That does not sound like left behind!
1 Pe 5:5 echoes the same thing “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'” In Matthew 18:4, Jesus says “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Wow! Do you want to be great in the eyes of anyone else on this planet – or great in the eyes of God? The Humble are great in the eyes of God! He will lift up the humble. Jesus was so humble he became man and died for sinners. And Jesus is GREAT in the eyes of God. We need to know what God values. He values humility. So, we need to understand His views on humility so we can operate with His heart about it. Humility will not leave you behind in the Lord – it will propel you forward.