I am left musing upon the lack of humility that there is around. There is plenty of faithfulness, a good amount of giftedness and ample supplies of knowledge. Yet I am left wondering about the quantity of humility that is seen amongst the people of God.
This key spiritual attribute should be palpably in evidence among us. After all humility is at the heart of our faith. It is such because humility pulses through everything concerning our Saviour coming from glory into humanity and enduring the cross for us. We read in Philippians 2:5-8:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross
Without humility there is neither incarnation nor salvation.
Moreover, how can it be that the true Christian is anything other than humble. We are after all so incredibly blessed. We have come to realise, through God’s enlightening grace, how bad we are. We have been so blessed by God through the cross of our lord Jesus, notwithstanding all of our badness. Being totally undeserving of that blessing because of our sin we now have acceptance in Christ Jesus. And now being so wonderfully provided for through the saving work of our Lord and Saviour, how can we be anything, but humble?
After presenting the truths of how the God of glory rescues destitute sinners and brings them into such blessing according to the Lord’s eternal plan then Paul moves into exhorting the Ephesians believers to live worthy lives. And so he says:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
At the heart of his exhortation is the call to humility.
Humility is seen in a spirit of self-effacing, setting oneself in lowly way. It is seen in the honouring and exalting of others. So Paul says to the Philippians 3:2b in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
I wrote about a man who visited Feltham last year here. If there was anything that was the secret of this man’s attractive demeanour it was his humility.
And this all leaves me pondering upon myself. How much do I display this beautiful grace?
Oh and I must remember that there is one place which it is key to visit in order that humility will be cultivated in my life. When I go to Calvary and the cross of my Lord Jesus then there is only one reasonable outcome for my character; humility.
And perhaps that’s why there is so little humility it is because we are so little at the cross.