“According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. . . Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of Mind.” – C.S. Lewis
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
- Humility is about having an accurate view of ourselves, not that we are inferior to others
- False humility is not regarded by God
As one of the most significant and oft mentioned themes in Scripture, humility communicated to be a prized virtue for Christians. As prized as it is and simple as it sounds it is always so quickly dismissed as obvious or irrelevant to the individual.
We all seem to think we are humble. I don’t know too many people who will say they aren’t. They may say they are smokers, alcoholics, occasional benders of the law but rarely do I find people ready to admit to a lack of humility. Why is that? Are we all humble people? How do we measure that? How do we become that?
I present that we must regularly do a check on this. An honest examination of our lives, how we relate to others, how we set our priorities, how we interface with God, how we receive correction, how we embrace the cross seem to be very real and probing questions that can often be ignored in a discussion on humility.
Are we really as humble as we think? Jesus said that we must humble ourselves like a child (Matthew 18:4) and Peter states we should clothe ourselves with humility (1 Peter 5: 5) so maybe we need to honestly assess if we are as humble as we think.
Perhaps more importantly we can put in place practical steps and a standard of measurement for humility by looking at the pinnacle of humility – the personification of humility, Jesus Christ
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” – Philippians 2:8