~ 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 7), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Humility is the atmosphere of our heart that will invite and invoke the presence of God like nothing else.
“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isa 66:2, NASB)
God gazes at the humble. Think about that. In the world, we often think is it is the “loud and proud” that get the attention of others. When Samuel went to Jesse and his sons in the town of Bethlehem, it was the oldest (and perhaps the biggest, most stately) son that first caught Samuel’s eyes. But not so with God’s eyes:
“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'” (1 Sam. 16:7)
God looks at the heart. And, unlike many in the world, God’s attention is not drawn to the “loud and proud.” God looks to the humble. To the contrite of spirit. To the one who “trembles at His Word.” Wow! Doesn’t that just make you want to fall on your face and worship Him . . . to humble ourselves – to be ones who draw His gaze . . . with our humility! Remember, God puts up a military front against pride. He resists it. He is NOT drawn to it.
So, how do we cultivate humility?
One way to cultivate humility is “directly” by studying humility and understanding what it is. The key is we want to know God’s definition of humility because everything that comes from God is pure truth. Humility comes from Him and is the atmosphere of Heaven – we want Him to define humility for us.
The second way to cultivate humility is “indirectly” by identify pride – unveiling it and resisting it. Pride is seductively deceptive. It manifests itself in many ways. It takes the Word of God to rightly divide for us what is pride and what is humility. We need to go after and understand pride so that we can identify it and then eliminate it from our lives.