A preacher once jokingly said that he was going to write a book and entitle it The Top 10 Most Humble Men in the World, and How I Trained the Other Nine. Later he said he would write a sequel How I Obtained Humility. I think that’s hilarious, don’t you? Unfortunately, this kind of false humility is very much a reality in the lives of Christian men everywhere. We rob God of much of the credit that He rightfully deserves. This is why there is something so satisfying of boasting how many we had in service on Sunday, regardless of if God was on the scene or not. The root of this anti-God attitude is pride.
“Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall,” (Proverbs 16:18). Pride is the desire of man that exalts himself above God, and let me tell you–that is a scary place to be. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith,” (Romans 12:3). The world teaches us that we have to push and shove our way to the top of the corporate ladder and disregard all means by which we achieve “success.” But God’s way to exalt a man has nothing to do with the abilities or accolades of that man.
A wonderful example of this is of a rider who came across a few soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log of wood, without success. The corporal was standing by just watching as the men struggled. The rider couldn’t believe it, so he finally asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping.
The corporal replied: “I am the corporal. I give orders.”
The rider said nothing in response. Instead he dismounted his horse and helped the soldiers lift the heavy log. With his help, the task was finally accomplished.
He quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.” This Commander-in-Chief was none other than George Washington. What a great example of humility, don’t you think? You see, this is the key by which man gains intimacy with God. It is when a man comes to the end of himself that he can begin to behold the glory of God. James 4:10 tells us, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
So how can a man humble himself?
- Abiding with the Almighty. When a man makes the holy presence of God his constant abode, He will begin to see more of God and himself. His frail and deceitful heart will be blotted out before the Almighty, and everything that is wood, hay and stubble will be consumed in God’s omnipotence. Only what is precious and eternal will remain. How are you dwelling in His presence today? Have you sought His face more passionately than ever before?
- Worshiping God Who is Worthy. “True worship brings about humility” –Bro. Scott Pauley. Have you praised God today for specific things He has done in your life? Did you know when you “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise…” you are forever humbled. For no flesh will glory in His presence. You want to know how you can be a man of humility? You must set your eyes on the All-Sufficient One, so that you see “no man save Jesus only” (Matthew 17:8). Worship Him today in spirit and in truth.
- Serving Him with Sincerity. Christ was the greatest example of the servant-leader. The Son of God, bent down and washed His disciples’ feet. Christ said the greatest among you is the SERVANT and that if you serve the least of man, you have served Him. Are you serving Him with sincerity today? Or are you trying to be a self-made man?
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (I Peter 5:6). Set your gaze on Him and He will take you exactly where He wants you to be. “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Proverbs 29:23).