Humility is a difficult subject to tackle because not one of us are completely humble. Even if we can pull off the masquerade of humility to the world around us, in our hearts we know better. We can even be proud of our being humble. In the short book, Humility, the author acknowledges that he is not humble, but offers some tips to help bring us closer to biblical humility – something not possible outside of Christ. Listed below are some of the suggestions that I have read about so far in the book in pages 66-95:
- Reflect on the Wonder of the Cross
- Begin Your Day Acknowledging Your Need for God
- Practice Spiritual Disciplines – Prayer, Study God’s Word, Worship
- Use Your Commute/Transition Times to Memorize the Bible
- Cast Your Cares Upon Him
- Study the Incommunicable Attributes of God
- Study the Doctrines of Grace
- Study the Doctrine of Sin
- Laugh Often, and Laugh Often at Yourself
In the section about studying the incommunicable attributes of God, this quote by R.C. Sproul helps bring who God is and who we are into perspective in regards to God being self-existent and self- sufficient:
The grand difference between an human being and a supreme being is precisely this: Apart from God I cannot exist. Apart from me, God does exist. God does not need me in order for Him to be; I do need God in order for me to be. This is the difference between what we call self-existent being and dependant being. We are dependent. We are fragile. We cannot live without air, without water, without food. No human being has the power of being within himself. Life is lived between two hospitals. We need a support system from birth to death to sustain life. We are like flowers that bloom and then wither and then fade. This is how we differ from God. God does not wither, God does not fade, God is not fragile. (pp 88-89)
Unless you happen to be believe in a false faith system, such as Mormonism, that believes that you can and will turn into God in all his attributes (including self-existence, etc), encountering these truths about God is humbling. We start to realize how much we depend on Him. This is indeed humbling.
Another great quote that brings these practices effectively into our lives is when the author states:
Regarding all these topics and doctrines mentioned in this chapter, remember that study alone isn’t sufficient. Along with increased knowledge there must also be grace-motivated application of truth and grace-empowered obedience to truth. Only then will we experience Christ’s liberating power from the sin of pride. (pp 93-94)
As for the point about laughing often and laughing often about yourself, I found it to be an interesting and funny point. It carried some astute observances as well. I’ll let you read the book in order to discover the logic behind that point.