11th July 2023
VIVIAN BRICKER asks
Why Is Humility Seen as
The world does not equate humility with strength,
but that does not mean it is a weakness.
However, the Bible tells us humility should not be seen
as a weakness.
In fact, humility is a great strength and a godly quality
each believer should cultivate in their own life.
You may have noticed that the most "popular" people
are not seen as having humility.
To have humility would cause them great dishonour.
These individuals would rather be praised for their
accomplishments instead of being overlooked.
They would never do a noble action just to do a noble action --
they want fame, fortune, and glory to come along.
Since Jesus is God, He is our greatest example to follow.
Jesus Himself was humble and showed extreme humility in His life.
Jesus was God in the flesh, which meant He humbled Himself
to walk upon this earth.
More than that, Jesus humbled Himself to the measure of dying for sinful
mankind in order to redeem us from our sins.
Since Jesus humbled Himself to serve others and die for mankind's sin,
believers should strive to do the same.
Philippians 2:3 says,
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."
Believers should strive to always take a servant-minded
approach to any task they do. Humility teaches us that we are never
"above" doing a task, such as helping in daycare, volunteering at a
soup kitchen, or cleaning up after a family gathering without anybody
saying thank you.
Jesus did not say, "Since I am God, you should wash my feet!"
Rather, Jesus told His disciples that He would wash their feet and
proceeded to wash each of their feet even with Peter resisting at first
Likewise, believers need to practice humility and take the nature of a servant.
It is best for believers to abstain from being prideful as pride always comes
before the fall. Proverbs 11:2 tells us,
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom."
In addition to humility causing a person to have wisdom,
humility also causes a person to have a closer relationship with God.
James 4:10 states,
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."
If we are prideful, we cannot come before the Lord with a pure heart.
If we humble ourselves before God, he will lift us up.
What this means is that we have to take up humility in our lives.
We have to be willing to be vulnerable to God, tell Him that we need
His help, and that we are incomplete without Him.
Every person in the world is alive, right now, because of God.
This should cause humility to swell inside of a person and recognise
the truth of their dependence on God.
In the second half of this passage of James 4:10, James tells us that
if we humble ourselves, God will lift us up.
This means that if we go to God in reverent prayer and pray in humility,
God will answer our prayers according to His Will.
Thirdly, a great benefit of humility is that by practicing humility,
you are obeying God. Paul tells the Church in Colossae,
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience".
This command is not only for the Colossians, but rather,
for all believers.
Since we are God's people, we should be compassionate, kind,
humble, gentle, and patient.
These qualities will shine Jesus to the lost world.
As believers, it is our responsibility to help the lost to know Jesus
and a great testimony is by our actions.
When you practice humility, it shows your great love for God,
and it makes Him very happy.
God has chosen you to be a light for the gospel.
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Vivian Bricker loves Jesus, studying the Word of God, and helping others
in their walk with Christ.
She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in Christian Ministry
with a deep academic emphasis in theology.
Her favourite things to do are spending time with her family and friends,
reading, and spending time outside.