The Picture of Humility

humility1342815489_1_image1At a recent Sunday Evening Devotional we did a study of humility and in the course of it ran across some passages that serve as portraits of humility. Interspersed in these passages I included some quotes from Andrew Murray’s awesome book called Humility: The Beauty of Holiness. (Interestingly, it is available FREE today for your kindle HERE.) We begin with a description of humility from Murray:

“Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.”  -Murray

The first portrait of humility has to do with something we associate with everyday living.

Humility as Clothing

1 Peter 5:5-6 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

“Humility is the only soil in which the graces root; the lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all.” – Murray

Humility as a Yoke

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

“The highest glory of the creature is in being a vessel, to receive and enjoy and show forth the glory of God. It can do this only as it is willing to be nothing in itself, that God may be everything.” Murray

Humility as a Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

“We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.” Murray

Humility as a Roadmap

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy  and to walk humbly with your God.

“Here is the path to the higher life: down, lower down! Just as water always seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds men abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless.” –Murray

Of course the greatest picture of Humility is Jesus. He noticed the ones no one else did. He touched the ones no one else would. He blessed the ones others wanted to send away. 

“Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” -Murray

“Our humility before God has no value, except that it prepares us to reveal the humility of Jesus to our fellow men.” –Murray

Thanks for reading, JD.