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How can I be humble?
The pathway of humility is synonymous with the pathway of discipleship.
It is denying self (your status, your rights) and taking up your cross and following Christ.
Jesus loved his disciples with such a tender and patient love didn’t he?
When the sons of thunder (James and John) questioned Jesus as the disciples are walking up to Jerusalem with Jesus as He enters his glory (they thought militarily and politically) “We are the greatest Jesus, can we grace your throne on either side?”
When they asked Jesus, what did he say?
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” —
“For eve the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
So back to the question now, “How can we be humble?” the answer is found in Christ’s Words and example: “Serve others for the glory of God.”
Now, that’s the goal so let’s work backwards, what can we do practically to be pursuing humility?
Daily Preach the Gospel to yourself
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ( , ESV)
Daily Meditate on the Nature of God
Since every sin begins with a failure to believe the truth about God, meditating on the truth about God will help us from meditating on the wrong things.
God is Good, so I don’t have to look anywhere else
God is Gracious, so I don’t have to prove ourselves
God is Glorious, so we do not have to fear others
God is Great, so we do not have to be in control
Daily Cast Your Cares On Him
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” ( , ESV)
Remember, pride is resisting dependence upon God. So if you’re filled with worry and anxiety you’re not being responsible, you’re being self-reliant which is pride.
Daily Find A Way to Show Gratitude to God for Everything
The saints and angels in heaven sing “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty” because they're in perfect humility. They have no desire for their own praise.
All these things sound like hard work to me, I really don’t have the time for this… If everyone has pride: