Everyone of us, at some point in our lives, have heard someone advise “be humble”. In fact, we ourselves might have passed on that same wisdom to others. Many times however, this advice is offered simply as a survival tip, but is there more to it than that? Is being humble merely the act of lowering ourselves in the eyes of others so as to avoid the social consequences of this world, or is it a transformation, a metamorphosis of the self? If we’re being honest, we already know that it’s the latter. Humility pertains to a true self-transformation rather than a deception of oneself and an appeal to others. Two questions then remain, how does one be-come humble and who is the true judge of our humility?
“[True] Humility is the acceptance that we are created beings, made by God, The Creator of all things.”
According to the dictionary, Humility is the quality or condition of being humble (not proud or arrogant); modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance or rank etc. In other words, humility is the state of being where one has a modest and accurate opinion or estimation of one’s own importance or rank in life. Like many, we can journey through life acting lower than how we actually perceive ourselves to not offend others, or we can be transformed into something different than what are currently. As the above definition explains, the only way we can become truly humble is through the acceptance of a hierarchy and correctly identifying and accepting our rank in this hierarchy. The next logical question that arises is, which chain of command do we subscribe to?
The Bible essentially tells us that there currently exists two kingdoms: one, ruled by God, the creator of all things, and the other is ruled by Satan, a creation that rebelled against Him and tricked us out of our Godly-given dominion of the Earth. It is this same creation that now rules on Earth. God, our Creator instructs us, through His Word, to be separate because there are indeed two types of governments in existence currently. Satan, His creation, attempts, expertly so, to convince us that there is only one, through the perversion of God’s ideals by mixing in his own ways thereby hiding his own existence. In God’s kingdom, everything is created for a purpose, and humility, through the acceptance of whom we are, our purpose, in love, will have us lead a life of eternal peace, love, and happiness. In Satan’s kingdom, because he hasn’t actually created anything, he corrupts God’s ways by instilling in us a false humility all the while encouraging pride, arrogance, and rising through the ranks by any means necessary. God’s kingdom is one of order, Satan’s is one of disorder. God’s motto is “[My] will be done” (Matthew 6:10), Satan’s is to do as you will.
As you may have surmised for yourself, Humility, true humility, only exists when we accept God’s kingdom as our hierarchy. Therefore, humility becomes something intangible (not an outward appearance of piety), a heart posture that is evaluated by God and only pertinent between us and Him. Even the dictionary ascribes it the individual’s opinion, not to the opinions of man. In fact, those subscribing to Satan’s kingdom, will call us arrogant and will ask us the same question that the Pharisees asked Jesus “By what authority do you these things? and who gave you this authority to do these things?” (Mark 11:28) In a manner, they are be absolutely correct for we serve a different master entirely. As we know, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24)
In conclusion, Humility is the acceptance that we are created beings, made by God, The Creator of all things. Humility is due only with regards to Him, His Will and His Word. It is between God and us to determine if we properly acknowledge our own importance in His regard. As a result of this being our reality, we will be mistreated by the world. In John 15: 18-21, Jesus reminds us “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”
Here lies a truth masked as a paradox: Humility in God presents as arrogance to others.