~ 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 4), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
There are two main ways that we can cultivate humility:
- Directly – focus on, learn, and understand biblical humility. That is not the world’s definition of humility. We want to know about TRUE humility. When we understand humility, we will be able to embrace and develop it in our lives.
- Indirectly – Learn, understand, unmask, and cut pride’s head off.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
Pride’s nature is self-glorification. That’s why many of us respond so poorly or viscerally to correction. Correction doesn’t come across to us as “here’s someone who cares enough about me to help me be better” but instead as “here’s someone who is taking away from ‘what a great guy or gal I am . . . and it makes me angry!”
The origin of pride is Satan. It is a demonic event when we give in to pride. And satan is often hurling those demonic darts our way through thoughts that try to gain ascendency over the word of God in our minds (2 Cor 10). It would be to the glory of the devil for us to give in to pride and thereby to be an instrument of division, envy, hatred, strife, etc. In those situations, we don’t realize that we are totally being used by the enemy.
2 Tim 2:25-26 bear out the reality that we can be used by satan to do his will: “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (emphasis mine)
By cutting off pride, we give place to humility. Humility is the absence of pride. “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Jesus is the epitome of humility. That said, did he espouse our modern-day, cultural view of humility? That is, was He “head-down, tail-between legs”? NO! Jesus was strong and confident.
Humility is actually head high . . . but not nose-high. Perfectly confident. Perfectly humble. That was Jesus. If you find yourself asking “is this humility?”, think of Jesus. Does it match up with Him?