Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. -James 4:10
When I read this scripture I have to think to myself what it means to be humble before the lord. We live in a society that promotes self praise and individuality but at what cost?
I read a message from Billy Graham bout being humble before the lord and here are a few things I took away from it:
1: Routinley confess your sin to God (Luke 18:9-14): We all fall short of the Glory of God and my regularly take inventory of our hearts. Monthly, weekly, and even daily reflection, confessing our wrong doings to our Heavenly Father.
2: Aknowledge your sin to others (James 3:2 ; James 5:16): Humility before God is not complete without humility before man. How can we expect ourselves to be humble before God if we can not admit to others the weakness we confess to Him? It’s never easy to admit the things we struggle with but it is a very humble act.
3: Take wrong patiently (1 Peter 3:8-17): Janet Chismar Said “When something is unjust we want to react and rectify it. However, patiently responding to the unjust accusations and actions of others demonstrates our strength of godly character and provides an opportunity to put on humility.”
4: Activily submit to authority. The good and the bad (1 Peter 2:18): We live in a society the promotes individualism but purposefully and activily striving to be submissive infront of those who God has placed in authority over us is so important. When we do this in a good way we are being humble in the eyes of God.
5: Receive correction and feedback from others graciously (Proverbs 10:17, 12:1): This is something I personally struggle with every day. I don’t like it when others try to correct me especially when I feel I’ve done nothing wrong. What we need to do is say “thank you for pointing that out to me!” See what truth is in what they are saying to us, and then take it back to God and ask him what he is trying to show us or teach us in that moment.
6: Accept a lowly place (Proverbs 25:6,7): If you find yourself wanting to sit at the head table, wanting others to recognize your contribution or become offended when others are honored or chosen, then pride is present. Purpose to support others being recognized, rather than you. Accept and look for the lowly place; it is the place of humility.
7: Purposely associate with people of lower state than you (Luke 7:36-39): Jesus himself spent time with the lowest of low. He purposely sought out the beggars, theives, dunkards and prostitutes. He was a friend to sinners and the sick. The Pharisees hated that he spent his time with these people. We live in a society that is obsessed with class and status and it’s destroying our communities. Resist the temptation of being partial to those with status or wealth.
8: Choose to serve others (Philippians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Matthew 23:11): We need to have a servents heart. When we serve others we serve God and his purpose for us. When we serve others we take the focus off of ourselves and our desires and build up God’s Kingdom. Serving others cots us nothing!
9: Be quick to forgive (Matthew 18: 21-35): Forgivmess may be one of the greatest acts of humility that we may ever do. Forgiveness is the act of acknowledging what is wrong and moving forward releasing the need for repayment of the wrong doing. Forgiving denies self. This is not a bad thing and it will help us heal!
10: Cultivate a grateful heart (1 Thessalonians 5:18): The more we develop an attitude of gratitude for the gift of salvation and life He has given us, the more true our perspective of self. A grateful heart is a humble heart.
11: Purpose to speak well of others (Ephesians 4:31-32): Some of the most amazing People I know never speak ill of others. Even the people that have wronged them are always spoke. Of with kindness and love. Saying negative things about others puts them “one down” and us “one up.” Speaking well of others edifies them and builds them up. Make sure, however, that what you say is not intended as flattery.
12: Treat pride as a condition that always necessitates embracing the cross (Luke 9:23): It is our nature to be proud and it is God’s nature in us that brings humility. Committing to a lifestyle of daily dying to ourselves and living through Him is the foundation for true humility.