Matthew 18:4, “Whosoever therefore shall HUMBLE HIMSELF as this little child, the same is the GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matthew 18:4).
Isaiah 57:15, 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.
Micah 6:8, 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?
If we are honest with ourselves, which at times is extremely difficult [Jeremiah 17:9; 1 John 1:8], we have to admit that we all struggle with the matter of pride in our lives and ministries. In fact, it seems as if the more we “grow in the Lord” and “go for the Lord” the more proud we become. We all know that God desires for His children to walk with Him and others in humility [Micah 7:8; James 4:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:5], but we struggle to do so. And, we struggle to do so far more often than we want to admit!
Our Lord Jesus made it very clear to His disciples, and anyone else willing to listen, that “conversion” or “change,” the kind of “change” that He desires for our lives [Romans 8:28-29; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:17-18] is the direct result of our humbling ourselves before God and man!
If we aren’t CHANGING, possibly there’s a reason why!
Yet, humbling ourselves never comes natural, and it definitely doesn’t come easy. It would appear from the entirety of scripture that getting a glimpse of God in all of His majesty is the first and most important step to becoming a humble people [Isaiah 6:1-5] and seeing ourselves for whom we really are and not who or what we have tried to convince them that we are! 🙂
“There are two things that are suited to humble the souls of men. A due consideration of God and then of ourselves. Of God, in his greatness, glory, holiness, power, majesty and authority; of ourselves, in our mean, abject and sinful condition.” – John Owen
O Lord, open our eyes that we might see You in all of Your glory and humble our hearts that our lives might be pleasing to You!!!
“… be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).