“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
I read this verse a while ago and I just cannot seem to get it off of my mind. HUMBLE, HUMBLED. What is humility? What does humility look like in every day life? Am I humble?
Welcome back In Fine Fettle readers, I am thrilled you made it here today and even more thrilled to be back!
I have been sitting on this post for a while now but have finally worked up the energy to make these thoughts, words.
First, let's take a second here to stop, take a deep breath, and think back to a time that you were humbled.
For me, really I didn’t have to think back too far to remember a time I was humbled. Seems like just yesterday (because it was just yesterday). If you can’t think back to a specific time at least try to ponder what feelings you get when you think of being humbled.
Humble literally means “lower (someone, me, you) in dignity or importance.” I think we can all remember exactly what that feels like or has felt like in the past.
God calls us on multiple occasions to humble ourselves before him… and I don’t know about you but I would much rather humble myself than be humbled by somebody else.
How do we go about humbling ourselves though?
Well, let me be the first to tell you that you do not gain humility by constantly putting yourself down.
For you (God) created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I (YOU) am/are fearfully and wonderfully made; your (God) works are wonderful, I know that full well.Psalm 138:15
The only one who knows your faults, failures, sins, imperfections, worthlessness better than yourself, is God. And He wrote this verse because he wanted to remind you, he NEEDED to remind you, that you still radiate magnificence even after the ugliest parts of you have been exposed.
Have the same respect for yourself that your Maker, Creator, Father has for you because His character goes into your creation and His Spirit is always ready and willing to work within you.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.Proverbs 11:2
The point that I am trying to make is to find the balance.
Truly humble people recognize their gifts and strengths but refrain from pride by recognizing that the gifts come from God and they are willing to use them to His discretion.
Truly humble people also recognize their weaknesses and limitations by comparing themselves to CHRIST and Christ alone.
Humility is not self-degrading but rather an assessment and commitment to grow toward God and to severe.
So, take time today to look in the mirror and assess yourself.
If you have been feeling worthless and maybe even starting to hate yourself, remember WHOSE you are. Remember that someone has fought for you and has died for you in love. Remember that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the King of Kings, Lord of Lords.
If you have been continually comparing yourself to those around you, measuring your success by their failures its time to change your mindset and remember that apart from God you are nothing and you can do nothing.
I (Jesus) am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me YOU CAN DO NOTHING.John 15:5
until next time,