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Post #6: Living in Humility 

Humility Brings Rewards 

If you’re smart, you’ll learn humility.  If you want your relationship with God to flourish, you’ll walk humbly.  If you want satisfying relationships with your family, friends and work mates, you’ll develop a humble heart.  If you want the best long-term rewards available, you’ll always be learning from Jesus’ example of humility. 

Humility is a safeguard against unnecessary failure and disappointment.  We will make mistakes and be disappointed, but we can minimize that by learning the Jesus way.  Humility makes us ready to learn from anyone, anywhere, anytime.  

Without humility, you can’t be a lifelong learner.    To be an apprentice of Jesus we must constantly have the humility of a child who is eager to learn.  A teachable heart opens the door to God’s grace. 

Scripture teaches that we catch God’s attention by walking in humility.  Despite the trials we may undergo, walking in humility brings a huge reward: 

God rewards the humble with wisdom.[i] 

God saves and shows favor to the humble.[ii] 

God guides and sustains  the humble.[iii] 

He crowns the humble with victory [iv] 

He hears the prayers of the humble.[v] 

Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.[vi] 

The God of all grace is all about helping us, enabling us, and blessing us.  The idea of grace in the Bible describes the whole of God’s activity towards his children.  It’s available in unlimited measure to those who choose a humble path.  

[i] Psalm 18:27  

[ii] Proverbs 3:34 

[iii] Psalm 25:9  Psalm 147:6  

[iv] Psalm 149:4  

[v] Daniel 10:12  

[vi] Proverbs 22: 4

Post #5: Living in Humility 

Seek Jesus, Find Humility      

It’s not that humility should be the focus of our life’s pursuit.  Jesus is our focus.   At the core of Jesus’ nature is humility.   

Jesus humbled himself to the very lowest place and as a result was exalted to the very highest place.  In Jesus, a very important spiritual principle is demonstrated:  those who humble themselves will be lifted up—honored or exalted.  Jesus followed the Father’s plan, and was rewarded with the very highest honor of any human in history.  

Jesus shows us the definition of humility – saying “yes” to his loving Father’s plan. He cooperated with his Father, saying “not my will, but yours be done.”  

To be a disciple of someone is to copy everything they do.  It’s to absorb and become everything they are.  Being apprenticed to Jesus means taking on his character.  Because humility is central to the character of Jesus, by seeking him, you enroll in his school of humility. 

When a new position becomes available in your company and you see yourself as highly qualified for that position, but someone else gets promoted, God is taking you to humility school. 

When you passionately argue your point with a friend but in the end you see she is right and you are wrong, you’re learning humility. 

When your role at work is discontinued and it seems like God has pulled the carpet out from under you, you feel like asking “Have I done something wrong?”  Not necessarily.  It means:  It’s time to grow!!  God is saying, “I’m pruning you, purifying you, getting you ready for the next step.” 

You are God’s child and you’re also his student.  What a privilege—to follow in his footsteps, humbly serving just as he did.  This is the key to life, happiness and fulfillment. 

Post #4: Living in Humility 

Humility is Good Soil

Andrew Murray said, “Humility is the only soil in which the graces root; the lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure.”  Murray, a pastor and writer from the late-18th and early-19th centuries in South Africa, is one of the many voices from history who lifts up the importance of humility. 

When I plant flowers in a pot or a tree in the ground, I make sure I am using healthy soil.  Without a nutritious environment, the plant won’t grow. 

In becoming a student of Jesus, we nurture “good soil” in our hearts.  In this good soil, the graces can thrive:  obedience to God, and all the attributes of divine love. The fruit of the Holy Spirit thrives in the soil of humility.   Humility creates an environment in which Christ-like qualities can thrive and grow. 

Humility is the soil in which gratitude grows. 

Humility acknowledges God as the giver of every good gift. 

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  

Without humility, you can’t be thankful when life beats you up.  

Without humility, I can’t forgive when I’m insulted or disrespected. 

Without humility, I can’t volunteer my time to serve someone who has no way of paying me back.  

Without humility, I can’t shut up and listen to my wife’s side of an argument.  

Without humility, I can’t graciously bend with the changing seasons and responsibilities of my life. 

What does a humble life look like?  

Moses, Part 2

Moses shepherded a very large group of unruly, complaining people.  He put up with their forgetfulness of God’s many miraculous interventions.  When there wasn’t good water to drink or good food to eat, they complained.  Most of the time, Moses was patient with his grumbling flock.  On a few occasions, Moses got angry with his people.  But he never deserted them.  He faithfully and humbly served them. 

Even when his brother and sister turned against him by publicly complaining against him for marrying a Cushite wife, he showed compassion.   Moses was merciful to Aaron and Miriam, asking the Lord to heal them of leprosy.  

Moses’ humility was first expressed in surrender, and later expressed in using his authority to release God’s saving power through signs and wonders.  The order of those two things is key.  First surrender, then come works of power. 

When Moses said yes to God’s call to set the Hebrew people free, amazing miracles happened and millions of people’s lives were radically changed for the better.  God poured out his grace. 

But, even after the Red Sea miracle, it seems that Moses had no illusions about the limitations of his own power.   He carried a sobering responsibility—leading a small nation to freedom. He knew it was way above any human’s ability level.  He knew his only choice was to depend on God’s help. 

Jesus shows us the definition of humility – saying “yes” to his loving Father’s plan. He cooperated with his Father, saying “not my will, but yours be done.”