Manhood Humility

I was reading through a new book this week called Humility by Andrew Murray and a quote he used just stopped me in my tracks. I couldn’t keep reading past it.

             “Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.”  – Charles Spurgeon

I kept reading those seven words over and over. Rolling them around in my head. Trying to fully understand exactly what they meant in general, and then also what they meant about me. See, oftentimes, I think we have the wrong impression about humility. We think that humility means we have to be lesser than someone else, or self-deprecating, or maybe even just silent because stating our opinion looks like boasting. We believe that humility is the opposite of confidence.

The Bible tells us to be humble multiple times.

James 4:6 – “God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.”

Philippians 2:3 – “in humility count others more significant than yourselves”

1 Peter 5:6 – “Humble yourselves”

Proverbs 11:2 – “Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

A lot of verses about humility can be misinterpreted as a call to keep our face in the dirt where it belongs. They tell us to think of others as more important than us. They tell us that we should walk with our heads down because of our failure.

But then there is one verse that I wouldn’t say falls in line with that description of humility:

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the HUMBLE position of a slave and was born as a human being.”  – Philippians 2:5-7

Christ, our God, Maker of everything, took on humility when he came to earth as a man. He considered us significant enough to not only come down to our level but then lower himself further into the position of a servant. He said that he came “not to be served, but to serve.” While in this position of a human servant, Jesus still walked with full confidence, he spoke with authority and challenged leaders multiple times, and he did not hang his head low in the dirt but instead lifted other’s heads up to meet the eyes of a Savior.

I think Satan often gets us to fall into two different camps of action: We either think humility is the opposite of confidence and boldness, so we run from it because we are told to be bold for God. Or we think that humility means to hang our head low so we are silent about our faith and timid against the enemy.

True humility is having complete confidence in who we are in Christ. We know what our identity is as sons of the Living God, and we know that troubles may come at us on earth, but our eternal reward is worth it all. Humility and confidence can walk hand-in-hand, but that confidence must be rooted in the truth that our strength comes from the Lord and not our own achievements. Humility is following in Christ’s footsteps and thinking of others as the most important thing on this earth because that is how God thinks of them. When we humble ourselves (as Christ did) and serve others, we are actively aligning ourselves with God and truly becoming His vessel, His hands, and feet, here on earth.

Humility is not something to be feared or looked at like a punishment. Humility is having the confidence that our Heavenly Father gave everything for you on the cross, and now we can give everything for Him through serving others.

Put into Practice:

Take some time this week and think about humility. Think about how your thoughts about humility reflect in your actions. Does it align with how Jesus humbled himself?

Ask God how you can show humility in your everyday life.

Meditate on how you see yourself, and in humility, ask God to reveal how He sees you. Then use God’s image of you to walk in the confidence as His son. Let that confidence be the anchor that allows you to serve others, viewing and treating them as God’s precious children.

Warrior On!

Casey Perkins

Casey Perkins has been in the church his whole life. However, that did not prevent him from going down a path of perversion, adultery, self-indulgence, and isolation. Thankfully, like all prodigal sons, the Lord chased after Casey even when he was a long way off and welcomed him back with open arms and unconditional love. Casey's primary purpose now is to live out the mantle that God has placed on him and lead other men into the grace and calling that the Heavenly Father has given us all.

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