Living a life of humbleness isn’t easy, but God didn’t expect Christians to do it alone. He gave us the Holy Spirit to lead us. And as we stive to be humble, we reap the spiritual benefits promised in the Bible.
How many people were immersed in their own lives that they overlooked the birth of Jesus? Most people, I suppose. The Bible doesn’t provide an overwhelming list of visitors to our humble King.
It makes me think about what I’m sure we’re all guilty of doing:
Sometimes we’re too occupied trying to obtain what we think we deserve that we miss accepting what we don’t deserve.
God’s love, grace, and mercy top the list of what He want to give us but that we’ve done nothing to earn. We refuse these gifts when pride blinds us to the sufficiency of Christ, but thankfully God stores them away until He redirects us back to Him.Sometimes we’re too occupied trying to obtain what we think we deserve that we miss accepting what we don’t deserve.Click To Tweet
Truths to Consider When Trying to Stay Humble
The shepherds and wise men written about in the New Testament didn’t miss worshiping our Savior. Though they couldn’t fully comprehend the importance of Jesus’ birth, they committed to seeking Him with humble hearts.
As God watched the birth of His son from above, He knew of all the magnificent ways He’d bring people to Him. He used angels to direct the shepherds and led the wise men with a star.
Don’t you think He uses special circumstances in our life to help us see our need to humble ourselves before Him?
Can you think of a time God used a situation in your life as a means to bring you back to Him?
One truth I’ve accepted about humility is that God uses the circumstances of my life to humble me. (A broken hand and job loss, both discussed on this blog, come to mind!) Have you experienced this too?
Other truths about humility to consider, and covered in 4 Truths About Humility, include:
- Humility is an act of obedience and required for obedience.
- Humility enters everyone’s life one way or another.
- Humility grows when we recognize our weakness and trust God to overcome it with his strength.
- Humility doesn’t deny strengths, rather it uses them to serve.
Ways to Be Humble
I’m sure you’re familiar with, and maybe committed to memory, Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV):
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness [humility], temperance: against such there is no law.”
In living a humble life, we must realize that the Holy Spirit produces these fruits. We can’t achieve these fruits on our own.
Do you try to produce good fruit on your own or do you surrender control to God and allow the Holy Spirit to do the work?
Now, the Spirit isn’t going to enter our lives without us joining our lives to His. We have to choose God’s ways and desire to intimately know Him. As we attempt to obey God and His word, the Spirit will work in us to produce and maintain fruit like humility.
The Holy Spirit will also help us to follow what the Bible has to say about living a humble life, which includes:
- knowing that your worth comes from the Lord (James 4:10).
- recognizing when to offer help and when to accept it (1 Peter 5:5).
- humbling yourself with childlike faith (Matthew 18:4).
- considering others’ interests as more significant than your interests (Philippians 2:3).
- obeying God’s word with sacrificial service (Philippians 2:8).
You can read more about this in 5 Ways to Be Humble.
The Benefits of Humbleness
The Bible is very clear about what we can expect as we put humility into practice.
Living a humble life gives us:
1. GOD’S GRACE
“…Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6, KJV).
What’s grace? Simply put, it is undeserved favor. And it shines through our lives in many ways, such as when God offers rest to the weary (Matthew 11:28-29), supplies for those in need (Philippians 4:19), and gives peace during times of trial and tribulation (John 14:27).
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6, KJV).
God recognizes when we are humble and as a result lift us up. He put us in an elevated position where others can see us and how God has worked through us. However, take note of the last part of this verse—“in due time”. God will decide the appropriate time to exalt us be it here on earth or when we join Him in Heaven.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin…” (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV).
Salvation requires humility, doesn’t it? Without it, we wouldn’t believe in the need for our Savior. We might even convince ourselves that we were blameless. (Imagine that!)
Boy am I thankful for forgiveness (on a daily basis, might I add), aren’t you?Realizing our need for forgiveness—and more importantly a Savior—secures our eternal future and fills our lives with the only genuine joy and peace that exists.Click To Tweet
4. SPIRITUAL RICHES, HONOR, AND ETERNAL LIFE
“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life” (Proverbs 22:4, KJV).
The riches discussed here don’t mean worldly wealth, but rather spiritual riches, which come from God alone and include but are not limited to mercy, grace, wisdom, and peace. Spiritual riches bring us closer to our King rather than further away from Him.
Proverbs also tells us that humility brings life (you know, the only kind there is—eternal) and honor. While we have to wait for eternal life, we can experience honor here on earth and will undoubtedly find it when we enter the gates of Heaven.
5. GOD’S GUIDANCE AND WISDOM
“The meek [humble] will He guide in judgement: and the meek [humble] will He teach His way” (Psalms 25:9, KJV).
No person’s way or knowledge comes close to that of our all-knowing and all-powerful God. Thankfully, when we submit to this truth by accepting our weakness and surrendering to His strength, He will lead us the way we should go and give us the wisdom we need to follow His plan for us.
6. INCREASE IN JOY
“The meek [humble] also shall increase their joy in the Lord…” (Isaiah 29:19, KJV).
Isaiah tells us that those who humble themselves will increase their joy. I take this to mean that the joy we already experience as followers of Christ (because of our salvation) will be greater in intensity and frequency.
Sure, we experience joy because we anticipate and expect our eternal home in heaven with Christ. But we can also live a life abundant with joy when we bow down before our King in humility and find our worth in the Lord who will never leave us or forsake us.
In what ways might living a humble life benefit unbelievers and how you can use that to reach the lost for Christ?