Have you ever been humbled? I was…it’s not easy or pretty but it is good for us. Several years ago I was going through a time of instruction and correction in my life. I was bitter..I was hurt…confused.. I questioned God… I wondered why certain things were not happening.
During this time, God put me on my face. God stripped me down to show me things. God humbled me. It wasn’t fun but it helped me. When you are humbled, you are willing to admit you are wrong and need help. Humility is the first step to giving your life to Christ.
Jesus said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Think about that verse….Jesus is teaching us the value of being poor in spirit. He is referring to humility. This is the first step to becoming a Christian… we must humble ourselves to the place where we realize we need Christ.
When a person is poor in spirit, they are humbled to a point that they realize they need help. When you are humbled, you are willing to do things differently.
Humility doesn’t mean walking around with a “poor, poor pitiful me” attitude. It means acknowledging that we need help. It means acknowledging that we are not the center of the universe. We humble ourselves to receive the teachings of Christ.
C.S. Lewis said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
As we begin this new year, may our hearts and lives be filled with humility.