When Charles Dickens wrote the classic novel “David Copperfield”, he created an unattractive character called Uriah Heep – a greedy, insincere, ambitious manipulator who constantly proclaimed his “humbleness”. But Uriah Heep was not humble. He was proud, and self-absorbed and self-serving. The words that came out of his mouth were false. Someone who is really humble is not even aware of their humility. They aren’t absorbed with themselves at all.
While someone is preoccupied with thoughts of self, they will never be free of self. While someone is preoccupied with their failings, they will never be free of self. While someone is impressed with their own achievements and talent, they will never be free of self.
We have all inherited a fallen nature. That great flaw alone ensures that we will never overcome self in our own strength. Self cannot cast out self. You will never speak humility into being. You will never grit your teeth and “make it happen”. Humility has to be worked into you. It is a work of the Spirit. God has to do for us what we are incapable of doing for ourselves.
As Christians, legally, we are dead in Christ. God’s work is to bring us to the place where our experience matches our legal right-standing.
God is engineering every experience to bring us to an end of ourselves.
Faith and humility are akin in the Bible. They are the place of dependence on God. All Christian virtue flows from this happy state.
Jesus came to earth as a servant. He tells us to copy Him. That is what we are to admire most about Him, and what we are to fix our hearts and minds upon. We are to appreciate that God is working every situation to increase our focus on Jesus, and our dependence on Him.
Nothing is more blessed than to be nothing. When you are nothing then God is everything. And you are set free.
- How important is it for Christians to have a vision?
- Does God want you to improve your self-image?
- Is faith marked by a positive mental attitude?
- What is personal development for Christians?
- Don’t trust a man who walks without a limp
- Changing toxic thinking
- Crucifying the sinful nature
- Peace in your heart