EMERGING VALUES ~ HUMILITY
Humility is that quality in which we see ourselves truly as we are, and realize that without God we can do nothing. It is an honest self-appraisal whereby we see that God is indeed at work in the world in which we live, and cares passionately about all the details.
It also is the attitude that we need to bear in heart, mind and soul, to have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus (see Philippians 2), where we do not see ourselves better than others. It is total dependence and trust in God, as well as complete love and preferring of another person, including our enemies. Humility is the antithesis of pride.
If we are to convey through our daily living, the incarnated Christ that dwells within us, then that will lead to the ongoing development of His character in us, and the ongoing confrontation with that which is not of Him. This requires humility above all else.
If we are going to engage in advancing the Kingdom of God where we live, work and play, it will mean sacrificing what we desire, for what God desires, and it will mean putting others above ourselves. This requires humility.
When we humble ourselves, we put ourselves in a place where God can accomplish His will and purposes through us. It means we are not driven by personal agenda, but are yielded to His will. It means when it comes to dealing with others, we realize that they are just like ourselves, and are under divine construction by the same Spirit that indwells us. It means we see them as Christ sees them. It means that we begin to delight in serving others, and in so doing Jesus touches our lives in ways and means we never imagined before. It means the Kingdom rule of God in us is beginning to truly be made manifest.
Humility may be admired from afar in the world and by those who have not yet entered the Kingdom of God, but while it is admired, it is also despised and rejected, just as Jesus Himself was rejected, and for the same reason, the grace and peace of God is manifest in ourselves and reveals the ownership of God upon our lives.
As we humble ourselves and cling to God, and allow Him to connect us to others of His choosing, He will emerge and manifest Himself to these same people, for by so doing we echo the words of John the baptist, “I must decrease that He might increase.” In so doing, the Kingdom comes and impacts lives, one life at a time!