“. . . to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV).
If anyone ever offers you or your group a seminar entitled, “My Humility and How I Obtained It,” don’t go! When you are proud that you are humble, you aren’t.
“He (Jesus) told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people. Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’”
“Meanwhile, the tax man slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me a sinner.’”
Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself” (Luke 18:9-14, The Message).
With God, the way up is down. Real humility comes from seeing ourselves in relation to God.
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com