Humility is such a hard word for humans to swallow, let alone accept. Humility is “a modest or low view of one's own importance.” We as humans tend to think that we are extremely important. We think we know what’s best for us and try to plan out our lives accordingly.
Before becoming a christian, I would have considered myself a humble person. I tried not to boast and I liked to think I put others before myself. At the time, I thought that meant I was a humble person. But I’m not going to lie, I thought I was pretty important. It wasn’t until a moment in my life that I was found on my knees, with the realization, I had no control over my life that I realized I did not understand the true meaning of humility. As important as I thought I was, I knew there had to be more.
Understanding that I was in need of a savior was the first step in becoming a Christian. I had to accept that I am not as important as I thought I was. The importance of my life is purely glorify God. For me, God knew he had to teach me that I am not in control of my life. THANK YOU JESUS! After understanding that God is in control, I was able to have so much peace. God is all knowing, unlike me who just understands what is in front of me, if that! I can now rest in the fact that if there is something in my life that is not going the way I would have planned, God has the perfect plan for my life and I need to trust in him.
God taught me that my purpose is not to make sure my life is in order but to live to glorify him. What does that look like? It looks like putting Christ first in our lives and loving our neighbors more than we would love ourselves. How would this change your life? If you’re anything like me, you may be envisioning your life in a certain way. You may have a five year plan that would fit just perfectly in your life; getting married, buying a house, traveling, eventually having kids. What if that’s not God’s plan for you? Are you able to humble yourselves in knowing that God’s plan is more important than your own.
Humility is an ongoing lesson I have to continue to teach myself. There’s times where I find myself putting other things in place of God, which in turn leads me to being prideful and the perfect place for Satan to meet me where I am. Can you relate?
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” - 1 Peters 5-7
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” - Philippians 2:4
Is there anything in your life that you are putting before God?
With keeping in mind that we are called to love others more than we love ourselves, how would this change your relationship with someone this week?
What if God took everything you owned, your job, and your family and you were left with him alone. Would you be satisfied?
Journal and pray on these scriptures: