How do we clothe ourselves in humility? How do we put on humility when we live in a world that applauds rising to the top, winning, and being the best–climbing the ladder to stardom?
“Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility.”
We begin telling our children almost from the moment they are born that they need to acquire the highest marks, be the star athlete…be first-rate at everything–collect as many trophies, ribbons, and awards as our shelves can hold. Does this not teach them to desire accolades, acknowledgement, and praise–fame?
What does this say to our children? Are we teaching them to succeed? If so in whose economy…God’s or the worlds? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15.
Does this teach our children to become compassionate, kind, meek, and a servant–Christ-like?
“It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare achievement.”
–Bernard Of Clairvaux
God’s creations were made to be in a relationship of unceasing, absolute dependence upon Him–true fellowship with the Lord. We were never created to be equal or above the Creator. His creations need to become nothing so that He is everything. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” Matthew 20:26.
“Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.”
And so pride–the loss of humility–is the root of every sin and evil. It was when the snow-fallen angels began to look upon themselves with self-complacenency that they were led to disobedience and were cast down from the light of heaven into outer darkness. Likewise, it was when the serpent breathed the poison of his pride–the desire to be as God–into the hearts of our first parents, that they too fell from their high estate into the wretchedness to which all humankind has sunk. In heaven and on earth, pride or self-exaltation is the very gateway to hell. –humility The Journey Toward Holiness (page 16) by Andrew Murray.
Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root; a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a virtue along with the others, but is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God, to do all. –humility The Journey Toward Holiness (page 17) by Andrew Murray.
Pride is the root of all evil, as Andrew Murray tells us. Does not pride equate to privilege, rights, and entitlement? When we seek to elevate ourselves to greatness, esteemed positions are we showing a posture of humility or pride?
Satan’s pride was what got him cast from heaven. He desired to have company in hell, therefore, he spoke temptation into Eve’s ear. Eve listened and yielded–longing to be like God, knowing both good and evil–pride entered her soul destroying both her humility and her total dependence upon God that would have resulted in an everlasting inheritance and joy. Eve’s fatal bite corrupted every generation that followed with Satan’s pride. All the evil that inhabits this world stems from pride. All the wretchedness of which this world has been the scene, all its wars and bloodshed among the nations, all its selfishness and suffering, all its vain ambitions and jealousies, all its broken hearts and embittered lives, with all its daily unhappiness, have their origin in what this cursed pride–our own or that of others–has brought upon us. It is pride that made redemption necessary; it is from our pride that we need, above everything else, to be redeemed. And our insight into the need of redemption will largely depend upon our knowledge of the terrible nature of the power of pride that has entered our being. humility The Journey Toward Holiness (page 24) by Andrew Murray.
“If you are looking for an example of humility, look at the cross.”
Christ humbled Himself unto death in obedience to the Father. Christ clothed Himself in meekness and gentleness, became a servant in order to save us. Died to self and willingly went to the cross for all our sins.
We too must die to self–self-seeking, self-will, self-confidence, self- exaltation–emptying ourselves and become nothing. Give Christ who lives in us total control…die to self. Only when we allow Christ to take the reins are we able to humble ourselves…clothes ourselves in humility–go low–become lowly.