Fresh Hope – 9th May 2018

There are many different interpretations of what it means to be humble. There is a misconception that if you make yourself invisible or discount your work, then you are being truly humble. There is also the idea that humility means you run yourself into the ground serving others, neglecting your own needs. This is wrong. People can also serve from a place of false humility – this is where you showcase what appears like service and humilty but is done in order to satisfy self-centered insecurities (e.g. you will make yourself look good and others will like you more if you play humble). These misunderstandings are not Christ’s idea of humility at all.

Firstly, it is important to understand that self-love is not a form of pride. Dismissing and down-playing your strengths, talents or God-given gifts and abilities does not make you more holy or humble. It is actually a disservice to God and others to water them down as you become less effective! Humility is about having a strong sense of self-worth through knowing who you are in God, then being confident of that, you serve others with what you have, but not using what you have to get your self-worth.  Simply put, humility is being so secure in who you are, that you aren’t afraid to get low for others.

Matthew 19:19 says, ‘You must love your neighbour in the same way you love yourself.’ Why does Jesus say to love others to the degree in which we love ourselves? There must be a connection between our self-worth and capacity to love. Say I have a 20 pound note, but I feel like the 20 pound note has no value, I then won’t see the point in using it or giving it away as I have no value for it. Likewise, if I don’t see the value in myself, I won’t see the point in serving others with what I have. To the degree in which I value myself, is the degree to which I can effectively love others. Your behaviour towards your neighbour is a reflection of how much you feel about yourself.

You will know someone is humble when you see that:

They know who they are without needing others to reaffirm their worth.
They refuse to promote themselves.
They allow others to be celebrated without having to share their own successes.
They have an attitude of ‘no task is beneath me’.
They are honest about their weaknesses.
They work to see the promotion of others.
They are vulnerable.
They are teachable.

As you can see, all the above behaviours require you to know your worth in Christ. Consider how you can grow  in understanding your value so you can operate out of true humility, letting it overflow to benefit those around you.

Emma Burchell

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