We recently talked about training for godliness. It takes thousands of hours practicing to be great at anything, including godliness. If we want to grow in our faith, then we need to put in the work. Today, let’s focus today on training ourselves in humility
Humility Historically Seen as Negative
In ancient Greco-Roman culture, humility was not seen as a good thing. The words used in the New Testament mean things like “to make oneself small” or “to be insignificant”. In cultures that emphasized heroism, making yourself small was a terrible thing to do.
When Jesus and his apostles called upon people to be humble, they were calling on them to move counterculturally. Christianity is not about maintaining societal norms; it’s about striving to become more like Christ. Sometimes that matches what a given culture is doing, and sometimes it’s the exact opposite. Our goal is never to be countercultural, but to be positively for Jesus.
Moving toward Humility
In certain aspects, our culture is moving toward humility. Leadership experts, in particular, are finding out that servant leadership is far more effective than domineering or authoritarian styles. Confident humility is being seen as a positive characteristic in leaders.
This gives Christians a great opportunity to show the wisdom of God’s teachings. For thousands of years God has been telling us to be humble. God has exalted the low and torn down the mighty. As some in our culture begin to see the wisdom in God’s approach, we have a great chance to show them Jesus and the awesome power of God’s word.
To get good at humility, we must practice humility. Let’s take a look at a few ways we can start putting humility into practice today.
- Start a conversation with someone you know with the purpose of talking about how much you appreciate them. It doesn’t need to be a long talk, it just needs to happen.
- Talk about a past mistake and the lessons you learned from it.
- Make a big deal about somebody else’s idea, and make sure they get all the credit for it.
- Think of someone who has changed your life in a positive way. Call, write, or talk to them about how thankful you are for their impact on your life.
- Memorize Ephesians 4:1-3: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
- Apologize to someone that you have wronged.
- Forgive someone in your heart for our wrong they did to you but never apologized.
- Think of someone who doesn’t like you and pray fervently for good things to happen in their life.
- Send someone a “just because” card or gift.
- When someone is critical about you thank them for helping you become better.
God Is Worth the Effort
Jesus talked to his disciples about counting the cost. Part of this cost is putting in the effort to become a good disciple. God is worth the effort and being with him for eternity is worth all the time in the world. Let’s dedicate ourselves to training in godliness by putting humility into practice.