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True Humility

 

By Bart Nelson

 

 

 

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Have you ever thought of God as humble, meek or gentle? Until about 10 or 12 years ago, neither did I. One thing I have discovered about our Daddy is that He never says, "do as I say, not as I do." He is always doing what He asks us to do. Father God is an example for us of humility. As we read about Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit in the verses to come, lets make mental notes of what we are to do:

2 Samuel 22:36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness has made me great.

Psalms 113:5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwells on high, 6 Who humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! 7 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill;

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Jesus is also humble:

Psalms 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. [Spoken in prophecy of Jesus.]

Isaiah 42:1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. [Spoken in prophecy of Jesus.]

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 21:5 Tell you the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, your will be done. [Jesus submitted to the Father’s will.]

Lk. 2.51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

Lk. 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve. 27 For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? Is not he that sits at meat? But I am among you as he that serves.

John 5:30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me. 41 I receive not honor from men. [Jesus was utterly dependent on the Father and submitted to the His will.]

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 50 And I seek not my own glory: there is one that seeks and judges.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He arose from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he pours water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 Then came he to Simon Peter: and Peter said unto him, Lord, do you wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter. 8 Peter said unto him, You shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash you not, you have no part with me. 9 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus said to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and you are clean, but not all. 11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, You are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know you what I have done to you? 13 You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them. [Jesus, just before He was about to give his life for us, took a slave’s position and clothing to wash the feet of those who would deny, betray, or turn their back on Him in one way or another. He truly was a humble servant, meeting His disciple's basic needs.]

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his sheerer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.

2 Corinthians 10:1. Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Holy Spirit is also humble:

John 16:13 How be it when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. [Holy Spirit speaks of, glorifies and receives of Jesus.]

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (These are attributes of Holy Spirit which He produces in us as we dwell together and all Him to be in charge.)

Gal. 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.

We are to follow Their example Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

Yet, God boldly said who He was, what He had done, took high positions and received thanks and praise. These are things that some would tell us not to do, if we were to be humble.

So what is the humility that God desires from us? If we learn from our Master's example: we are to serve God and each other. We are to exalt, lift up, build up and minister to Him & others. We are to submit to His authority. (I love two definitions of submission I heard recently. One is that if we disagree and decide not to submit, we were never submitted, only in agreement. The other is sub means under or support God's mission.) We are to be utterly dependent on Him for everything -- life, holiness, ministry, guidance, you name it. We are not to seek our own glory or honor. We are to please Him in all we do.

We are also to believe, receive and act on everything that God tells us. When He tells us that we are Kings and Priests, it is so. When He tells us in Matthew, that all who are born again are greater than all those in the Old Testament, we must believe it and receive it. When God tells us in John, that we will do greater things than Jesus and in 1 John, that as He was in this world, so are we, we must act on it!! When God tells us in Colossians, that we are made worthy, we need to hang on to it with all our lives. When God tells us in Romans, Galatians, etc. that we are fully justified in His sight, that He sees no sin in us, only the wonderful things Jesus has done put on our account, we dare not disagree, but heartily accept what He has said.

To deny these things, and everything else that scripture says about us, would be supreme pride and haughtiness. We are, in effect, telling God that we are smarter than He is, telling Him that He is a liar!!