And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:12 KJV)
When the Lord humbles us, it's most likely to reveal how dependent we are on Him. It's His process of eliminating our "self-centered" ideas and pursuits which highlight our "own accomplishments." It's His way of bringing us to the true purpose in our lives.
A humble person is small in their own eyes. They exalt the needs of others above their own. And, they desire to fulfill God’s will for their life above anything else. This is the path of Christians fulfilling our roles which should emulate His ways in all that we endeavor in life.
Humility is contrary in a world that’s all about showcasing one's accomplishments. A person with wisdom of God will conduct their behavior accordingly, and be welcome to all they encounter because of the light shining from within.
A proud, boastful individual is not in alignment with God's ways. Whereas a proud person exalts himself, a humble person is exalted by God. A humble heart is open to give freely; a proud person seeks that which will benefit them. It's not a "walk-on-me-like-a-rug" mentality. Instead, it’s a mind with the cause and purpose of putting God first in all that we do, thereby acquiring a Christ-mind.
We must be faithful and loving servants and behave according to His will and His ways. A servant's heart is a loving and selfless heart which equates into a humble soul. John 3:30 says, "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Lord, help us transform into Your selfless ways with the heart of a servant bound to You in all we do, in Jesus name. Amen
Written by C D Swanson