Tuesday – September 25, 2018 – What is Humility?
Proverbs 18:12 (NLT) Haughtiness goes before destruction;
humility precedes honor.
One of the best ways to gain understanding of a term is to know what it contrasts. The opposite of humility is haughtiness or overweening pride. While humility leads the way to honor, haughtiness leads to destruction. When premature honor comes, it too, may lead to destruction because it will lead to pride. Too often, gifted Christian leaders receive praise and have not yet been grounded in humility. They couldn’t handle praise and because of that, their ministries have self-destructed.
The early development of the word humility means to be grounded, to have come from the earth. It is hard to have too high an opinion of yourself when you remember that your ancestors came from the dust of the earth, or in other words, dirt. The miracle is to know what God can do with the dirt that He created us from. Any accomplishment that we achieve has to do with what He does through us and not what we do on our own.
A skillful artist can take dirt and turn it into the most beautiful piece of art you can imagine. The credit doesn’t go to the dirt, it goes to the artist. I once golfed with someone who had landscaped the course. It was beautiful. I saw the beauty of the landscape, but I knew that the credit was not to be given to the dirt, it went to the mind who took the dirt and transformed it into something beautiful. I complimented him for his handiwork. I did not compliment the dirt. (Don’t go too far with this because we are going to learn about honoring one another later).
Prayer: Father, help me to give honor to whom honor is due and to realize that honor always goes to You first.