Christian Humility As Evidence Of A True Believer

Humbled Christians are Obedient to God

James in a Frame

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." (James 4:10)

True humility is a quality that Christian men and women often desire. It is not a value to be concealed as if it expressed weakness, but rather a precious gift that should be revealed. Humility is the opposite of pride, which caused Lucifer to be cast out from the presence of God. (See Pride) Jesus taught that "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." And God works mightily through humble people, lifting them to heights they never dreamed of before.

People who are genuinely humble do not draw attention to themselves or attempt to advance a personal agenda. Although the Biblical definition of humility is lowliness of mind, it is not frailty or timidity. Humble believers recognize that they don't know it all, and seek to know God who is all-knowing. Humility makes one teachable and willing to submit to the instruction of God. The humble Christian is not a doormat or a pushover, but confidently puts their trust in God and does not act arrogantly.

Proverbs has many verses about humility, contrasting pride and haughtiness with humbleness. For example, "The pride of man will bring him shame, but with the humble is wisdom" or "Haughtiness precedes destruction, but humility leads to honor." These are promises and benefits that should discourage pride in a person, and encourage one to learn true humility.

The perfect example of humility is Jesus Christ. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus states, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." The Word takes the place of the absent Christ. To learn from Jesus is to learn about Him in Scripture.

Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane that He might not have to suffer crucifixion, but then humbled Himself and became obedient to the Father. He endured and excruciating death on the cross, knowing that God would raise Him from the dead, that He would ascend to sit at the right hand of the Fahter, and that there was a future reward. Likewise, believers are encouraged to humble themselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, scrapping their selfish ambitions and instead entrusting their destiny to God.

God rejects those who think their way is best. In truth, they reject Him first. Their heart is hardened off to the things of God, and therefore they are not vessels He can use. But for those who follow the example of Jesus and humble themselves, recognizing God as the ultimate authority, they are assured that God will lift them up.

Written by: Pete Miller