Many have misunderstood and misapplied the principle of genuine Christian humility. Most have taken it to be a state of weakness and disregard of their gifts and spiritual potential. They believe it to be a state of servility where one does not acknowledge his greatness or his gifts. Others believe it simply to be some sort of self-abnegation in which the believer humbly renounces his position and rights and takes on a lowly lifestyle. Both of these views are erroneous and explain a great deal of the struggles that the contemporary believer faces in a society that is increasingly hostile toward believers and the true Christian way.
Genuine Christian humility is simply the mental attitude that all that we are in this life is through the power of God. It is not to denounce our greatness and appointment without regard, but to understand that the appointment and the anointing which sustains it comes from God. Humility is the mindset that creates teachability in the life of the believer. When you acknowledge that you are who you are because of God and not yourself it removes the potential for arrogance.
Good and honorable is THE Lord.
Therefore, He instructs sinners in the way.
In justice He guides the humble.
Consequently, He teaches the humble His way. (Ps. 25:8-9)
Therefore humility allows one to step from underneath the shadows of arrogance and ignorance so that they may advance to spiritual maturity.
Strength of Character and resultant happiness are constructed upon a foundation of humility. Humility is freedom – freedom from subjectivity [thinking from a “me” perspective; the selfish point of view], allowing you to comprehend objective reality, the essence and plan of God. Humility is the basic human virtue of teachability. (R. B. Thieme Jr. [emphasis mine])
Any type of self Centeredness is arrogance, delusion, and foolishness and it leads to intractableness. Egocentricity is not the design for your life. It is not about you; you belong to a far greater plan than chasing your selfish desires. A desire becomes selfish (irregardless to what it is) when it has no intrinsic value in fulfilling the plan of God. When it becomes about you and not about God, arrogance, instability and misdirection are the result.
The fear [respect] of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility. (Prov. 15:33)
When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom. (Prov. 11:2)
A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but a spirit of humility will attain honor. (Prov. 29:23)
Humility is a systematic way of thinking under pressure. It facilitates thinking divine viewpoint in lieu of human view point in the time of adversity and prosperity. If you are one that no one can teach or tell anything, you probably want to examine yourself closely, because the seeds of arrogance has more than likely taken root. If you refuse to be taught because you have all the answers, it is time to examine yourself with your viewpoint being placed juxtaposed to God’s infallible Word. Ask yourself, Is God satisfied with my walk? Is it all about me and I have placed God in the background. When others view my lifestyle does it automatically reveal that I am a believer? Is your life about what God has called you to do or is it about getting everything you want out of it. Take self out of the equation (there is no place for self in this journey) and let the Word of God guide your movement.
The wonderful thing about this is that when you humble yourself before God to live as He has called you to live you are exalted and granted your desires, while arrogantly and selfishly seeking your own way leads to God having to humble you so that you can be taught.
For everyone who exalts self shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself [living in God’s system] shall be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
Take delight [the desire to serve, love and honor] in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 37:4)
Therefore it is seeking our place in him through genuine humility and teachability that we find our greatest progression and the full actualization of our potential. I encourage to take on a mindset of humility so that you may progress efficaciously toward your destiny.
Bishop Rick Wallace