Humility is not something we are born with. It is something we must be taught. Lately, I am recognizing that my ideas of humility may not be the same as God’s. It is time for me to intentionally focus on learning Godly humility. So, I believe God has started a quest in my heart. It is a quest to cultivate His humility. This is an active intent that is so much more than just asking for it. I must seek Him and let Him teach me what His humility looks like, feels like and actually is. I must practice it. That means I must face situations that require me to use humility………bring on the trials! On they came!
Many years ago, I remember setting in a church service and hearing the pastor say, “The most humble thing you could do is agree with God’s word.” Up until then my idea of humility looked very self-effacing and self-deprecating. I felt like it was very humble to think less and speak less of myself. However, as I begin to read God’s word, I begin to see what God said about me, my humility perspective changed. It went from “Jenni who is less than everyone, worthless, of little value, to Jenni highly valued and greatly loved and totally worthy because of Christ.” So, instead of Jenni’s brand of humility, I traded it for the mind of Christ and the absolute truth.
For me, the absolute Truth of humility is what is God’s way or heart for this situation. In the trials I have faced, I have found this way of thinking to be my safe guard, a kind of alert to when I am stepping into pride or Jenni’s way of humility, which is pride too.
5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
9 Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [e]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
10 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee [f]should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 And every tongue [[g]frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Cultivating humility begins with knowing and practicing the attitude of Christ. His whole heart was to do the will of His father. This required Him to know God’s will but more than that, to have a good understanding of it so that He could practice it.