“… Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)
We had a wonderful day yesterday in Steung MeanChey. Going to Steung MeanChey every Tuesday is my favorite time of the week. It’s good for my heart. Vannak, Sue and I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with many–including Phat, who is very close to getting saved–encourage the believers, pray for the sick, and spent a lot of time playing with the children. Unfortunately, I pulled a muscle in my back, but I’ll get over it! 🙂
One doesn’t have to read the Bible for long to get a clear understanding of the importance that God places on the virtue the Scriptures refers to as humility. Nor do we have to read far in the Holy Scriptures before we see the grave dangers that come with the spirit of pride. As we mentioned recently, pride is something we-even the best of us-struggle with, and will do so until we see Jesus face-to-face.
There is so much debate on the proper attire of a Christian. What is appropriate and what is not. What is modest and what is not. Those debates will continue, no doubt, until Jesus returns. But one thing that is certain, and we see this in our text from 1 Peter: God commands his people to be “clothed with humility.”
Have you ever noticed that it’s much easier to buy “the right apparel” than to stay humble! 🙂
Without humility, we can not and will not experience the grace of God in our lives. Without humility, we cannot have a proper relationship with Jesus. Without humility, our relationships with others will always be strained. Without humility, we will repel, rather than attract people. Without humility, true fruitfulness will evade us.
Take a few moments and meditate on the quotes below from Andrew Murray’s book “Humility”:
“Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil. … Without this there can be no true abiding in God’s presence, or experience of His favor and the power of His Spirit; without this no abiding faith, or love or joy or strength. Humility is the only soil in which the graces root; the lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all.”
“I am sure there are many Christians who will confess that their experience has been very much like my own in this, that we had long known the Lord without realizing that meekness and lowliness of heart are to be the distinguishing feature of the disciple as they were of the Master. And further, that this humility is not a thing that will come of itself, but that it must be made the object of special desire and prayer and faith and practice. As we study the word, we shall see what very distinct and oft-repeated instructions Jesus gave His disciples on this point, and how slow they were in understanding Him.”
“Is it any wonder that the Christian life is so often feeble and fruitless, when the very root of the Christ life is neglected, is unknown? Until a humility which will rest in nothing less than the end and death of self; which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone; which absolutely makes and counts itself nothing, that God may be all, that the Lord alone may be exalted–until such a humility be what we seek in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world.”
In his book “Humility: True Greatness,” C. J. Mahoney wrote these words:
“It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself. That’s where the following definition can help us: Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness. That’s the twin reality that all genuine humility is rooted in: God’s holiness and our sinfulness.”
God knows we could all use a dose or two, or three or four, of a Spirit-imparted humility in our lives. It is in the place of humility that we find Christ and become more like Christ!!!
“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.” – John Stott
Just reflecting on my “attire” today!