I’ve been thinking and pondering about the great value of humility. Having humility certainly describes Jesus! He is always our go-to example for anything worthy in character development. And, oh my, did He ever bring forth fruit by His humility! He humbled Himself all the way to the cross in order to reconcile man to Himself. Because of His humility, we can live with God forever, now and in eternity and be forgiven of our sins. THAT is fruit!
Was it easy for Him? Far from it. But, His love for His Father and His obedience caused Him to do the unthinkable, to die a horrific death for sinners. And because of that, we get to enjoy the fruit of His humility!
According to the dictionary, humility means “freedom from pride or arrogance; the quality or state of being humble.”
Some synonyms of humility are: down-to-earthness, lowliness, meekness, modesty, submissive, deference.
Some antonyms for humility are: arrogance, conceit, egotism, presumptuousness, pride, superiority, haughtiness.
Such opposites in the synonyms and the antonyms!
The truth that I want to express in this devotional is that God is in the business of honoring humility everyday of the week! All throughout scripture we find examples of how God honored someone because they chose to take the humble path; the submissive path; the lowly path. And all throughout scripture we find examples of how God dishonored those who walked in pride. The humble bore fruit; the prideful did not.
What is the main fruit that God wants us to produce? Yes, the fruit of HIS SPIRIT. Humility is the underlying position/posture we have to take if we are going to bear His kind of love( loving the unlovable; loving with no expectation of love in return), His kind of joy (joy even in midst of trials and disappointments), His kind of peace (peace even when things seem out of control), His kind of patience (patience even when circumstances are so hard) etc…
Humility is the KEY to bearing and experiencing the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Humility says, “not my will but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42) Humility submits to the sovereignty of God. (Ps. 115:3) Humility waits on God to answer prayers, trusting that He is for us and not against us. (Rom. 8:31) Humility enables us to rest, knowing that God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him (Is. 64:4) Humility puts us in a position of being lifted up. (James 4:10)
Humility truly, truly is the common denominator of experiencing the life of Jesus that lies within all believers. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Humility of heart and mind will allow Christ to live His life out through us. Pride will stifle His life being lived out through us any day of the week.
So, in closing, I know for myself, I must be continually asking myself, what does humility look like in this moment? If my peace (His peace) is missing, what do I need to submit to Him? If things aren’t moving along at my preferred pace, what do I need to trust unto God? Essentially, when any of the fruit of the Spirit are lacking, where/how do I need to humble myself? These kinds of questions will definitely help me!
Humility brings freedom to the soul! I want that. I know ya’ll do too! (remember, I live in TX. now!)