The Bible doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room with this whole humility thing. I remember my first reaction to the command to be humble….”I’m awesome at humility.” That was seriously my thought. If there was one thing I had, it was humility, and I had it in spades!
It only took a few seconds for the irony of my own thoughts to hit me.
Philippians 2 speaks to what humility really is, and how Christ lived it out.
Philippians 2:5-11 NLT You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges ; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus didn’t accidentally or coincidentally have moments of humility. This passage says He gave up His equality with God, He gave up divine privileges, took a humble position and humbled Himself before God. This shows intentionally, it didn’t happen by default. It also paints humility as a lifestyle, something Jesus was, not something He did from time to time. The Bible tells us to be humble and also gives a point of reference to how the Master did it. We have a lot less to give up than Christ did to reach true humility, we don’t have that whole equality with God thing to get over, even though our pride can make us think we’re close.
The close intimate walk with God is one of intentional, regular and repeated humbling of ourselves, the same way Christ did. As we made it regular habit, we will become a humble person instead a person who can be humble.