In our last blog post, we explored the topic of meekness. We looked at the meaning of meekness, as well as the characteristics of someone who displays meekness. What a powerful way of living, when one chooses to live with meekness!
Again, for years, I would often hear that word ‘humble’ being used amongst the elder ladies in my local assembly, when I was growing up. And, similar to meekness, I had no clue of what the term really meant. And, as I grew older and began to delve into the Word of God, I thought that humility and meekness were the same thing. But, I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit for helping me and showing me what my feeble and finite mind really did not understand.
I recurrently turned to the famous discourse of Christ Jesus as captured in Matthew, Chapter 5. Commonly known as “The Beatitudes,” this portion of Scripture has easily become one of my favorites and one that I find myself turning to on a very regular basis.
The Beatitudes are so extraordinary and revolutionary to worldly thinking. It’s one of the many reasons that I love Christ Jesus, because His ways and thoughts are so far beyond ours.
As we previously discussed, on the mount, Christ Jesus is speaking with the Jews. Now, the Jews were “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” They were under the oppression and bondage of Rome. And, they hated it! All of the Jewish sects, including the Pharisees (religious conservatives), Sadducees (religious liberals), Zealots (political activists) and the Essenes (mystics), yearned for independence.
With Jesus, they heard how He had come into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and working miracles and wonders. And now, the Jews contemplated, maybe He is the awaited Messiah. Finally, they thought they finally overthrow Rome. And, then Jesus speaks about being “poor in spirit” or simply, humble. Seriously? Yes, it was so counterintuitive to their thinking.
In a world that equates happiness with strength, self-confidence, pride and power, Christ Jesus says be humble! Are you really humble? Let’s look at three reasons why being humble is so important.
First, let’s start with the basics. You cannot come to God unless you realize that you are totally depraved and in need of Christ Jesus to save you from God’s wrath. In order to come to God’s kingdom, you have to confess your own unrighteousness and inability to meet God’s standards and confess that you can’t do it. Proverbs 16:5 states, “Cursed are the proud. God gives grace to the humble.” Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
2. Dependence on God
As one realizes that they are spiritually bankrupt, undeserving and destitute without God, you begin to “die to self” and concentrate on God more. When you die to self, you begin to depend more on God and less on your ability to do anything. You begin to say, “Lord, I can’t do nothing without you.” What a glorious way to live when you are consumed with thinking about God, His glory and the needs of others.
3. Possessor of the Kingdom
Matthew 5:3 states, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” What is the Kingdom? It is the rule of Christ, and it has both a “right now” and a future messianic aspect. We are now overcomers…we are now a kingdom of priests…we are now joint heirs with Christ Jesus…we have His blessedness and grace now. But, we have all of the these things now and we will also His glory later.
Humility or being “poor in spirit” is such an essential part of going deeper in your relationship with the LORD. See Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 66:2, Isaiah 57:15, Luke 18 and Luke 6:20 for additional reference.
Until next time, “Worship More. Live Better.”