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Humility: The Mark of the Christian Life


Humility is not a pleasant topic in many churches today. Modern churches are more likely to endorse the idea of self-esteem. But when we juxtapose this idea with what the Bible teaches, self-esteem or self-worth is not the calling of the Christian life. God does not command us to look into ourselves and find our own worth; instead, He calls us to look to Jesus Christ. Just like one modern hymn says:

… My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross
… My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross
["My Worth Is Not In What I Own" (words and music by Keith and Kristyn Getty)]

God created the universe to share His blessedness and perfections with the paramount of His creation: humanity. He designed you to be capable of receiving His goodness and glory as He reveals Himself to you. As a creature, you are to present yourself as an empty vessel so God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness within you. He operates in you not as a one-time event but moment by moment, unceasingly. And the excellence of God cannot be gladly experienced without a humble heart.

Humility is our primary duty and our chief virtue; it is the root of all virtues. The opposite of humility is pride, which is the root of sin and evil. It is the gate to hell – a life of hopelessness that is away from the presence of God forever. Self-exaltation is what brought Satan and his angels, along with fallen humanity, to their eternal damnation. No human being is humble enough to be accepted by God. That is because everyone falls short of the holiness and glory of God. You cannot redeem yourself with your own humility in your sinful state.

The only One who can restore humanity to its sinless state and bring true humility to man is Jesus Christ. He took our place and fulfilled the destiny of humanity by fulfilling the life of perfect humility. His humility is our salvation. Humility is you seeing yourself as nothing while comparing yourself with the majesty, glory, and holiness of God. And pursuing the holiness of God begins with a humble heart which is the mark of a righteous life.

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