“God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all” (Titus 3:2).
“Show true humility toward all.” Think about that for a minute. What does that look like, true humility to everyone? We live in a very proud nation. We’re proud to be Americans, proud to live in such a beautiful state as Colorado, proud of our families, our pets, jobs, kids, sports teams just to name a few. But, are we living how we were called?
Here are a few more things to think about from the Bible on humility:
“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor” (Proverbs 29:23).
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:12-14).
Pride leads to humiliation and disgrace. Humility brings honor, wisdom and good works.
I’ve always said that it’s important to take pride in your hard work for example, but I can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. Instead we are told to “work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). I think I’m going to have to re-evaluate my entire life view after writing this.
What does it really look like to live in humility?
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
“He took the twelve aside….” Luke 18:31
Oh, the bravery of God in trusting us! Do you say, “But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing good in me and I have no value?” That is exactly why He chose you. As long as you think that you are of value to Him He cannot choose you, because you have purposes of your own to serve. But if you will allow Him to take you to the end of your own self-sufficiency, then He can choose you to go wit Him “to Jerusalem” (18:31). And that will mean the fulfillment of purposes which He does not discuss with you.
We tend to say that because a person has natural ability, he will make a good Christian. It is not a matter of our equipment, but a matter of our poverty; not of what we bring with us, but of what God put into us; not a matter of natural virtues, of strength of character, of knowledge, or of experience– all of that is of no avail in this concern. The only thing of value is being taken into the compelling purpose of God and being made His friends (see 1 Cor 1:26-31). God’s friendship is with people who know their poverty. He can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God. As Christians we are not here for our own purpose at all– we are here for the purpose of God, and the two are not the same. We do not know what God’s compelling purpose is, but whatever happens, we must maintain our relationship with Him. We must never allow anything to damage our relationship with God, but if something does damage it, we must take the time to make it right again. The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Aug. 4th)
For whatever reason, I seem to be thinking quite a bit on the lessons gleaned from wilderness adventures. Maybe it was a short conversation I had with someone yesterday about how valuable the wilderness is for a training room. Or maybe it is just the plethora of trips I have undertaken and how valuable I personally know those experiences have given me.
There are so many reasons why the wilderness teaches so well. Yet here are a few more things to add to the list:
**Being in the wilderness constantly reminds me how big and transcendent Father is and how small I am. It is easy to get too big for my britches. The looming mountains remind me just how I fit into the ratio of the universe.
**Being in the wilderness reminds me how fragile my life is. I can’t get too far from water. It must always be nearby. Hydration is more on the forefront of daily activity than in civilization where it is readily available. Your every breath and heartbeat, your eyes, ears, strength, and mental health are all from God.
**Being in the wilderness shows me that there really isn’t a whole lot I can control in life. Humans try so hard to manipulate and control circumstances and things, often to no avail. The wilderness has natural laws that work so uniformly and succinctly. I must fit myself into the arena of the wild on its terms not mine.
** Weakness is highlighted. And in glaring fashion. If there is an ailment, a sore, a sickness, a discomfort, it will seem much worse in the wild. Having to walk farther than we want with a blister or a hot spot on a joint somewhere reminds us of frailty. There is no warm chicken soup for an aching body brought by someone else to bring comfort. Instead, maybe a freeze dried meal that I have to fix myself.
If I am at home and need a jostling to remember some of the things above, I read Job 38-41 and am quickly brought back to my senses.
Brokenness? Not something to be desired. Yet, something required.
What is the road to brokenness? Someone who is honest enough to tell you the truth about yourself. Deep, deep introspection at the mercy of a loving heavenly Father and the Word. A mistake made which reveals the nastiness of ones heart. Being face to face with such deception that the only place to turn is quiet solitude.
I have heard that when eagles molt and work at becoming stronger, they have to totally rid themselves of the things that protect them and give them their terror. They chew off their talons, smash their beaks on rocks, and pull out their flying feathers so that all can grow back stronger than ever. I wonder what that looks like for humans?