The Inspiration of Humility

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”…”Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”
Phillipians 2:3; 5-8


“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 your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”


                                                1 Peter 5:6-6 (Proverbs 3:34 referenced within)


Our adult Sunday school class has been studying the book entitled The Mind of Christ for a bit of time now. Its author provides Scripture references that guide us toward understanding and seeking to attain the attitude and mind of our Lord Jesus Christ. God created us in the likeness of Himself; it only stands to reason that He would want us to become like Him in all that we do.

The chapter we have been in for the past couple of weeks is entitled “Humble and Obedient”, and we have been hanging out in the “humble” part, studying its meaning and examples. Humility is the state of being humble, or low; a recognition of one’s self in relation to God and others with a willful putting aside one’s self. Jesus, of course, is the epitome of humility, from his birth in a lowly manger, to his death of a criminal’s fashion. Humility does not always come easily to us, even as children of God, because although we became new creations when we were saved, we are still in this world and struggle with the confines of the world’s standards and thoughts.


It is through the working and conviction of the Holy Spirit that we are able to even aspire to overcome the baseness and find humility. Fortunately, we have His holy book to help us, and I’d like to share a sort of litmus test with which we can gauge our level of humility (with the help of the Holy Spirit, of course). Go with me to Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13, starting with verse 4, but instead of reading the word “Love”, substitute your name. Like this: “Laura suffers long and is kind; Laura does not envy; Laura does not parade herself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, [Laura] does not seek her own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; [Laura] does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in the truth; [Laura] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

So….how’d you do? Do these statements ring true to you? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern the degree to which you are satisfying each concept. Most of us, I’d say, fall short of the ideal of each one, which means we have growth opportunities in the humility suit. (On the other hand, if you feel that you hit the mark on each sentence, chances are you have tremendous growth opportunities in humility and are in need an adjustment in your ability to discern the Holy Spirit’s promptings!)


It’s okay that we fall short, as long as we seek His help in growing in humility. We know that we will never attain perfect humility this side of Heaven, as it is possessed by only Lord Jesus. But it certainly is a very worthy goal, one that the Lord delights in helping us with if only we would ask.


Prayer Requests

  • For peace in this dark and ravaged world
  • For those who are suffering in silence
  • For those who think that they are too damaged to be loved by Christ
  • For the body of Christ at SOCPC to seek and follow His plan for His church


As I Paul’s verses with my name, I realized how blatantly untrue those statements truly were at times. With that realization is an abundance of grace, though. It’s really kind of odd and oxymoronic how pleased I am when the Holy Spirit humbles me. It’s uncomfortable yet rewarding at the same time, because it demonstrates His love in His correction. Sometimes the fall off my high horse is cushioned, and other times the landing is hard and jarring, each being exactly what He knew I needed. Without the fall, there would be no maturing. Without the fall, I couldn’t experience His grace in the rising up.




“God didn’t call us to go camping. He called us to go fishing.”


“Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all of His followers.”

                                                                                                -Francis Chan