Throughout the Christian world, you will find people seeking after the attributes of Jesus: good, gracious, holy, sinless, patient, just, righteous, faithful, wise, and loving. Of all the attributes listed, the one that is a rarity to see mentioned is probably Jesus’s greatest attribute: humility. We will seek all of the others, yet not even consider humbling ourselves.
Humility is the root of the tree that produces all spiritual fruit. What use are any of the fruit of the spirit without the foundation of humility? Love is ineffective. Joy is hollow and short-lived. Patience is false pretense. Self-control is a mind game. Etc. Without humility we don’t have the real fruit in our basket. It is artificial flavoring. People, especially the ones we long to reach, know when you are offering them plastic fruit instead of genuine.
Why is their so little humility?
“Nothing can be our redemption, but the restoration of the ‘lost humility’… And so Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to make us partakers of it, and by it to save us.” The Son of God decided, in heaven, to humble and limit Himself into the form of a man, a baby no less! The humility He had in heaven, He brought with Him to earth.
“Here on earth ‘He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death’; His humility gave His death its value, and so became our redemption. And now the salvation He imparts is nothing less and nothing else than a communication of His own life and death, His own disposition and spirit, His own humility. Jesus Christ took the place and fulfilled the destiny of man, as a creature, by His life of perfect humility. His humility is our salvation. His salvation is our humility.”
“Without this there can be no true abiding in God's presence, or experience of His favor and the power of His Spirit; without this no abiding faith, or love or joy or strength. 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.”
So how shall we begin? Do we pray for humility? No. Asking for humility usually translates into scheduling yourself for an opportunity to be humbled. We should seek humility, and patience so that everything can grow upon the foundation, this precious root.
“It doesn’t say in the Scripture to pray for humility or patience; it does say to pray for wisdom. From this, God can give you the measure of patience and humility that you need.” –Rev. Thomas Young
I am aware that the land we are about to step into is going to cost us everything, yet, in it, is everything.
(Unless otherwise noted, quotes are from "Humility" by Andrew Murray)