1 Peter 5:5-7 “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. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Proverbs 3:34 “Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.”
It has been said that “the Prayer of Humility” is one of the most difficult prayers for Christians. To ask God to make us lowly and unglorified goes against our very human nature. Especially in the American culture today, we tend to seek praise for the things that we do not deserve credit for. We want to be noticed and recognized for our actions and our deeds in order to glorify ourselves. It is our flesh that desires to be praised instead of giving praise to the only One deserving of worship. While serving at our previous church, there was a young man that had an amazing heart of humility. Every time there was help needed or an undesirable task arose, he seemed to be the right guy for the job. After he would finish doing something amazing for someone else and they praised him, he always responded, “Glory to God!” As a younger believer, that took me by surprise because the majority of my life had been engulfed with seeking acknowledgement and praise for how awesome I thought I was. Thank God that as time went on and my understanding of Jesus Christ became clearer, I sought praise for my own deeds less and less. Granted, there will always be a portion of our flesh that battles against our spirit, we need to be constantly seeking a heart of humility.
True Humility and a contrite heart can only come from the Lord. We need to be seeking His will in our lives and submitting ourselves to one another in the spirit. Jesus displayed this characteristic many times in His time here on the earth. He washed the feet of His disciples, He spoke in love rather than in authority and ultimately He willingly laid down on the cross for His hands to be nailed. He was God in the flesh and could have defeated the romans at the blink of an eye, but that was not the plan. His plan was to come to earth in humility as a servant to die for our sins. Likewise, we need to die to ourselves and serve one another as Christ did for us. In humility, we will not find praise and glory but we will see our hearts and minds become more like Jesus. In that process, we will be lifted up in the Spirit in God’s perfect timing.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis