What It Means To Be Humble
by Vicki GRECH
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Being humble is often a confusing matter to many Christians especially. For some reason, it seems not too many know the difference between being humble and setting oneself up for abuse.
Jesus teaches us to be humble, this does not mean we allow people to abuse us. It simply means we are to observe the law and behaviour in a manner Jesus had taught us by example.
When you think about it Jesus wasn’t too humble on a few occasions. Such one occasion is the destruction of other people’s property where markets were held outside of His Father’s House, a sacred place of worship.
*** Mathew 21:12 - Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.***
The example of the temple is of all, the most profound example of Jesus losing His temper! After-all, Jesus was human and “allowed” all the normal expressions of emotion that we encounter.
However, this does not mean that Jesus was not a “humble” person. Jesus was simply at a point in time exercising His right to stop the money changers conducting their business at an inappropriate place. Something really the priests should have done in protecting the integrity o f the temple and of those who worshiped in it. I doubt very few genuine Christians would approve even today of money-changers being outside their church for whatever reason, including charities.
The word “humble” for the most part means – “to look at oneself honestly, without illusions and with realism”. In maintaining a “humble” attitude this process of honest self-evaluation comes rather easy. With humbleness there is little if any ego, pride and/or prejudice to distort our ability for accurate self-evaluation. This is why I believe being “humble” is so important, we cannot improve on ourselves if our own ego blinds us to the reality of who we are.
In order to physically and spiritually grow to maturity we must be able to evaluate ourselves with an honest and open heart for the truth. The truth as Jesus had all ways taught – sets us free.
*** John 8:32 - Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. ***
There are many facets to maintaining a humble life and many it seems are confused by the meaning of humbleness.
Being humble means – all ways and in every instance being totally honest with oneself and having no ego to rise and blind our eyes to see it (the truth). There will be times where humility will be our greatest teacher.
Humbleness sees us put no more or less importance on ourselves than we might anyone else, whatever our position or situation in life.
Being humble does NOT mean – allowing others to deliberately manipulate your self esteem and confidence to your detriment. It does NOT mean to allow others to ridicule, discriminate, humiliate or intimidate you. These are traits of the spirit of evil of which Jesus taught – to remove oneself from.
*** 1 Corinthians 5:13 - God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, "You must remove the evil person from among you." ***
We cannot always remove the “evil” from our lives, but we can have the strength to believe God will do it for us. With faith, a pure and contrite heart, God makes all things possible. But, this is God’s job in these cases and not ours. At all times it is extremely important we follow Jesus teachings by his examples of “humbleness”.
Jesus did not waste His time involving himself with petty arguments or debates. Nor did He waste His time with evil, in almost every case Jesus simply walked away and went about His own business.
It is easy to see how “silence” can be our most powerful weapon. It is when we are silent of mind, body and spirit, that God may through ourselves, a channel, speak His Word so “two” speak through us and rectify any situation at hand.
I have found it is more-so a lack of faith that has many people believing they can take control of a situation and expel evil by force. This type of behaviour only further accelerates the problem of evil in our midst and sees us fall to the same level.
In order to be truly “humble” we must have faith in our God that He will all ways be there for us no matter what. However, when you put in a request to God to help rid yourself of evil, remember that God does things at the “right” time, a time that might not always suit us, but His will, will be done if you allow it to be so.
God cannot interfere with human will, so if you have started a storm in trying to remove evil from your life by thinking or doing evil, then truly there is little God can do in these cases. The Holy Spirit (He’s), can only intercede and take your case to God directly when you have “allowed” the Holy Spirit to do so by exercising total faith.
Faith as Jesus taught is the Master Key to the heart of God where through a “channel” from within ourselves God’s Word can be heard and is current for today and all time.
In Conclusion: “Be humble, be aware, be strong, but be silent, have faith; and all will be done for you. However, stupidity is not part of the equation of what it is to be humble.
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