Did you ever sing that chorus, It’s All About Me? It goes something like this: It’s all about me, Jesus, it’s not about You… Joking of course, but there are times I feel as though I am singing it from my flesh – my need. It is anything but a humble cry. But it is a cry of the soul in our me centered world and it’s easy to get caught up in it myself. Rick Warren said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” I like the balance of that statement. Charles Spurgeon once said, “Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.” So how do you balance those quotes with this one, “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth?” (Numbers 12:3) Do you know who God used to write those words? Moses himself.
Someone once said that humility is like underwear, essential, but indecent if it shows. Benjamin Franklin spoke about humility when he said, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” Jesus said, “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) Humility does not come by taking a class on the subject or by listening to a sufficient number of sermons on the topic. It does come, however, by difficult life experiences. It comes when we are tempted to walk in selfish ambition or speak of ourselves in prideful ways. It comes when someone reminds us of a fault and we have to take ownership for that fault, swallow our pride and ask for forgiveness. Humility comes from wisdom Proverbs tells us (Proverbs 11:2), and wisdom comes from “the fear of the Lord.” (Proverbs 15:33a)
Perhaps Benjamin Franklin was right when he said, “Humility makes great men twice honorable.” (Proverbs 15:33b states, “…humility comes before honor.”)