When one think of "Humility" what comes to mind?
Is it someone who walks around with their head hung down?
What about a person who is very shy and doesn't express his or herself as their heart desire?
Could it be someone who looks at life at a very lowly state and has a mindset that being humble means not having much?
Well my friends, that is not it at all.
Please allow us to look at some examples of the life of Christ and this will guarantee that we have a great understanding of what true "Humility" is and is not.
Jesus declared, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). There is universal agreement that being humble is a worthy character trait, admired by all and sought after by many. Noble men of every age have expounded on the virtue of being humble. There are very few, if any, who have anything negative to say about this quality of human behavior. Yet, at the same time, it has often been said that humility is the hardest of all human endeavor to achieve.
To many, Jesus was the most humble man who ever lived. Christians believe that He lived a perfect, sinless life, which would also include living the attitude of humbleness to perfection. But there are some who wonder how Jesus could be such a humble, meek and lowly man, yet violently cast the money changers out of the Temple on at least two different occasions, harshly rebuke the Pharisees many times, speak condemningly to those whom He felt were acting unrighteous, and defied Herod's authority by refusing to answer his questions. They wonder, "Is this the way a humble and meek man behaves?"
Certainly, it is because it reflects a hatred towards sin, while depicting that he was aware of where his true authority lye. In addition to that, he showed us an amazing example of what humility was the night before he made the perfect example of "True Humility".
On the night before he died, Jesus met with his disciples to share the Passover meal. He took a towel and basin of water and washed the dust from the streets off of their feet. This was normally the task of the lowest servant in the house. Peter was offended that Jesus would stoop so low. When he finished, Jesus explained, "You call me `Teacher' and `Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."
(John 13:13-17 NIV)
He constantly put others before himself yet he knew who he was so he didn't have to boast or convince others of that. His very walked demonstrated who he was and his love for others constantly took (precedent) in his life.
As we walk in the likeness of this same attribute we will find that others will be more drawn to us. I challenge you to think less of what others can do for "ME" but what can I do for others.
Peter explained to the Saints of his day, "for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace unto the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time".
(I Peter 5:5-6)
As we are aware...Pride is the exact opposite of Humility and pride can really block our blessings. Because we are living in a time in which God is pouring out some amazing blessings from heaven, not only do I encourage you but challenge you to walk in Humility putting others before yourself and watch God bless you abundantly.
How do I know if I have the... "Me", "Myself" & "I" syndrome?
Is it all about me....
Look what they done to me...
Do I put myself before others....
Am I always walking in offense....
Think you are better that others....
Others don't know as much as I do.....
Look at others as if they are below me....
Of course, most of us deal with some of these things,but dealing with them is one thing, not dealing with them is another thing.''
Taking our eyes of self and putting them on others will always keep us in a humble place and God will continue to open up doors of opportunity and blessings so that he will be able to do the exalting.
1 Peter 5:6 (King James Version)
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
God Bless and Much Success~!!!