Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33
What we do must flow out of who we are. Our significance comes from being identified with Jesus. This perspective keeps us humble and humility gives a proper perspective on impact and influence. In the midst of serving God and others, we are actually freed from our own sense of importance.
We are liberated from the burden of maintaining an image, from seeking the approval of others, and from other forms of self-delusion. Our audience is narrowed to the only-important and all-important audience of one. We are free to glorify God by reaching out and serving others.
Finally, humility is part of God’s design for us. When we act in humility, we act according to our original design. There is integrity and integration, harmony and wholeness. It postures us to be teachable by God (Psalm 25:4-6) and to receive His blessings. When we look through Scripture, we notice those that are humble find God’s favor (Isaiah 66:2), experience His grace (James 4:6) and are exalted by Him (Proverbs 15:33).
Humility is for our own good. It keeps us grounded in reality by preventing us from operating out of distorted and exaggerated opinions of ourselves. Cultivating humility comes from seeing God as God and who we are in relationship to Him. It’s realizing the grace and blessing we have received by being called and adopted as His children.
When humility paves the way for us to be glorified, we become a stripped-down, cleansed vessel, ready to bear God’s image and have His glory shine through us. God can then exalt us because it will be Him who is seen in our actions and words. Any place you are trusted or given influence should be seen as God’s exaltation in your life and an arena where you can honor Him. It is to our Father’s glory that we bear much fruit.
We are exalted when our faith meets with God’s faithfulness. Being exalted is never about one’s efforts, but rather about faith. Faith pleases God and to please Him should be our aim in all things. This takes place through a bended knee – a posture of humility and submission that abandons my will to His.
- In what relationships are you currently struggling with humility?
- How does humility help frame the perspective we have in our relationships?
God, I’m humbled that You are willing to use me to make Your name known. Help me to exalt Your name through the way I go about my day today. May I use the time I’ve been given to glorify You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.