“If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility.” – Augustine
What does it mean to have humility? Why does humility even matter? Is it possible to have a full life without it? As humans, we struggle with the idea of humility. Many times, we cannot comprehend this idea of laying down our time and our pride to serve or rely on someone else. To have humility means to live in a way that pleases God through our relationships with others and God.
So how do we practice humility? In order to understand this, we first need to understand the meaning of humility.
“In the Bible, humility or humbleness is a quality of being courteously respectful of others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastfulness, and vanity. Rather than, ‘Me first,’ humility allows us to say, ‘No, you first, my friend.’ Humility is the quality that lets us go more than halfway to meet the needs and demands of others” (Leitch).
Humility should not be a one-time thing. It should be ingrained in our very nature so that we may be an example to others. Practicing humility is not easy, in fact, I do not believe God made it easy. Because we are human, I believe that God wants us to learn how to be humble and practice humility. If humility came that easily to us, then we would not rely on God as heavily as we should. We constantly struggle to let go of our pride to truly worship God. To win that struggle, we need to be able to rely on God and serve others willing with a joyful heart. A perfect example of this is Paul the Apostle. Although he used to hold a high position as a Pharisee in the temple, Jesus stripped him of his sight to let him see past his pride and evil doings. Once Paul became a Christian and began his journey to teach others of Christ, he did not rely on his own power but relied on God. Whenever he wrote to a church, Paul would remind them of God’s might and not his own. Paul became a servant of God and did not live for his own glory, rather, he exhibited humility.
As Christians, it is our sole mission to serve as God’s vessels and give glory to him. In order for us as Christians to reach out to others and live as servants of Christ, we need to display humility in all we do. When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, it was not just an act of kindness but a reminder to them that they must serve one another. In the act of washing their feet Jesus was saying that no matter what, you need to show humility and compassion towards others. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Act in humility to God and others—He will reward you when the time comes.
I sometimes find it hard to put others before myself—to serve them in a way that is respectful and loving—but I know that I am presenting myself in such a way to please the Lord and no other.
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