Read: 2 Chronicles 34:14-28, Phillipians 2:8, Matthew 23:12
Reflect: We see in 2 Chronicles 34 that King Josiah didn’t use his position as a way to put himself above the law. He tore his clothes when the Book of the Law was discovered and he realized that they were not following what God had asked. We hear the words “humility” and “humble” used a lot but what does that really mean? How can we show humility at home, school, work, and in our relationship with God? Most of us think first to how we handle success, whether it’s getting first chair trumpet in the school band, scoring the game winning goal for your soccer team, or getting the lead role in a play. Do we react in a way that puts ourselves on a pedestal, or do we not let that success change who we are and act in humility? For most of us that’s what we think of when we hear the word “Humble.” Matthew 23:12 says, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” So, lets look at different ways that you can show humility on a daily basis.
– Confess your sins to God: Every one of us has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). We can show humility by confessing our sins to God and looking to Him for help to overcome our sin knowing that we can’t beat sin on our own.
– Acknowledge your sins to others: (James 5:16) As well as confessing our sins to God, we must also share with others the weaknesses that we confess to God. This allows us to have someone there to keep us accountable and to keep us from denying our need for God’s forgiveness.
– Show restraint when somone wrongs you: (1 Peter 3:8-9) It can be easy to talk bad about and degrade someone who has done or said something that has been hurtful to you. Being humble in this situation will prevent you from placing yourself above others, while also displaying a strong Godly character.
– Watch your words: (Ephesians 4:31-32) When you put someone down with what you say, chances are you are doing it to lift yourself up as a boost to your pride. Instead we should use our words to lift others up and not ourselves.
– Be quick to forgive: (Matthew 18:21-35) Forgiveness is a denial of self. Forgiveness is not insisting on our way and our justice, but once again putting others ahead of yourself.
Respond: We must humble ourselves because that’s what Jesus did when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Phillipians 2:8 says, “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on the cross!” Take a look at different areas of your life this week (home, school, work) and come up with 1 or 2 areas where you could improve on your humility. Where do you need to lift others up and where do you need to remove yourself from a pedistal you have put yourself on? Use some of the examples from above or come up with your own. Then share your answer with a friend, family member, or leader whom you trust so they can help you on your journey to becoming more humble.