Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
It is the challenge of all who follow Christ – to humble oneself. It does not come natural. The self is central to all we do and all we are. Our own desires always seem to rise up and cloud our vision. Exalting is easy. Humbling not so much. Even our attempts to define what it means to be humbled can lead us to a place of exaltation. It’s easy to find ourselves pleased with just how humble we are and, as the old maxim states, ‘the surest sign of a confirmed pride is the one who feels he is humble enough.’
Humility is not self-denigration. Humility is not always refusing to accept the gratitude of others for service rendered. It is not brushing away compliments with a word of dismissal. It does not mean that we never receive and must always give. Maybe it’s less of what we do or don’t do and more of just who we are. To be humble is to simply be the one that God has created us to be. To be settled with our lot in life and thankful for the opportunity to live with eyes wide open considering the needs of others even before considering our own. It is truly a learned trait; yet, one that is learned through submission to the indwelling Holy Spirit.
You can always tell when you have been in the presence of humility for you always feel better for having been there. I don’t even know that we always notice when humility is shown. We simply notice its effects and feel blessed for having encountered such. The truly humble one is the one who leaves us with a better, truer sense about ourselves for having been in their presence. Jesus clearly continues to exemplify this amazing virtue. All who encounter Him are always left in a better place – whether they realize it or not.
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.