True humility is honoring others above ourself. (Phil. 2:3) It means putting the needs of others before our own needs. It means having unselfish love for others. True humility means making yourself of no reputation and taking the position of a servant just as Jesus did, which is described in Phil. 2:5-8.
Moses was the most humble man on earth in his life. (Num. 12:3) He commanded 600,000 men and had the responsibility and authority over several million people. He spoke with God face to face. God didn’t speak to him in parables or riddles, but in everyday language. He saw the form of God. Even with all of this he was still the most humble man on the earth. (Numbers 12:3-8) He realized he had nothing to be proud of, and he didn’t glory in himself, or in his accomplishments. He walked and talked with the King of kings and the Lord of lords, because he was a humble man.
We must humble ourselves and our laughter must be turned to tears, if we want the Lord to hear our prayers. (James 4:8-10) We must kneel at the Cross of Christ with a humble, broken heart and see our Savior who died for us. We should have been on that cross for our sins, but He took our place. He loved us and gave Himself for us. He took our sorrows and our burdens and our sins and infirmities and made them His own. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
He was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21) We must follow His example, and we must take up our cross and die everyday. We must learn to say, “Not my will, but God's will.” We have to learn humility and submission over and over throughout our lifetime. We have to be humbled and broken over and over again.
Our sinful nature and the enemy are always trying to get us back into rebellion, selfishness, disobedience and pride. We need to be whipped, scourged and disciplined throughout our life here on earth. God disciplines His children because He loves us. God disciplines His children so that we can share His Holiness. (Heb 12:5-13)
Our goal should be like Moses, to be the most humble person on the earth. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Pet. 5: 5-6) If we humble ourselves we will be healed. Broken relationships will be restored, and people will be reconciled to God and each other, and the dividing walls of division will be destroyed. This is what the Church should be. This is God's will for the family of God. The enemy wants to divide and separate. The enemy wants to create division. The enemy promotes rebellion, selfishness, disobedience and pride. We must hate these things because they are sin. They must be crucified. We must put to death the deeds of the flesh through the spirit. (Romans 8:12-13)
We must be crucified with Christ, so that it is no longer us living in our body, mind and heart, but the Lord Jesus. (Gal. 2:20) We can only be proud of one thing, we can only glory in one thing, we can only boast about one thing, and that is the cross of Christ. The Creator, and the Son of God loved me so much that He died for me. (Gal. 6:14) We must be so full of His nature and His glory that people only see the Lord Jesus in us. We should be the sweet fragrance of the Lord Jesus with our every thought, with our every word, with our every emotion or feeling, and with our every action. (2 Cor. 2:14) We will then become His creation with a new nature. (Col. 3:10) We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God has prepared beforehand for us to do. (Eph 2:10)
We should bear each others burdens and feel each others pain and suffering. (Gal. 6:2) That’s the example Jesus left for us to follow. We should rejoice with those who rejoice, and cry with those who cry. (Rom. 12:15) For those who are in prison we must feel for them as if we were in prison with them, and we should have compassion for all those who are mistreated. (Heb. 13:3)
To motivate us and encourage us we must focus on Jesus and His example, His life and the suffering He endured. In Hebrews chapter 12 verses 1 to 4, we are told to look at His example, and his motivation and goals. In Hebrews chapter 11 we are told to look at the lives of the prophets and saints in the Old Testament and look at their commitment and self-sacrifice. We have to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil. 2:12) We have to pass the time of our sojourn here on earth with reverence and fear. (1 Pet. 1:17) Suffering is necessary for discipline, so we can learn obedience through the things we suffer. (Heb. 5: 8) We need thorns in our flesh to humble us, as the apostle Paul needed a thorn in the flesh to help him control pride. (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
Moses’ 40 years in the desert was burdensome to him with the responsibility for so many people, with very little encouragement and support. One man leading millions of people and he didn’t even get to go into the Promised Land. Yet he met Jesus on the mountain in the Promised Land with Elijah and Peter, James and John. (Luke 9: 28-36) What an honor! It wasn’t Noah or Abraham. It wasn’t Isaac or Jacob. It wasn’t Joshua or Samuel, or David or Solomon. It was Moses. He got to see the Promised Land finally. What an honor! Jesus didn’t forget His humble servant. God had such a close relationship with Moses that even his burial couldn’t be entrusted to human hands. God had to bury him Himself personally. What an honor for the Lord of Glory to come to earth to bury His humble servant Moses. (Deut. 34)
Moses was so burdened throughout his life that there were times when he felt it was too much for him to bear. He even wanted God to kill him at one point. (Numbers 11:11-15) At his old age of 120 years he was still strong and healthy. His mind was clear and his eye sight was good, but his years of suffering were over. He didn’t die of sickness or old age. It was time for his reward. It was time for him to walk with the Lord in Heaven, just as he had walked with the Lord on earth. In humility!
You can’t get close to God with a proud heart! If you want to worship at Jesus’ feet you have to be humbled and broken. We have to live our life with the attitude of the prodigal son when he returned home. We are all prodigal sons and daughters in our life from time to time, because we get off the right path, and have to be drawn back to the fold of the good Shepherd.
We must return to our Father with the words, “I have sinned against God, and I have sinned against the people damaged by my sin. I am not worthy of my position of husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, manager, teacher, leader, etc. I am not worthy of the priviledges that go with my position. Everything I have is because of God's blessing and grace. I do not deserve God's love and forgiveness, and I do not deserve to be in the Family of God, and have all the blessings of Heaven. I do not deserve my home, or food, or clothing, or any of the blessings of this life. I only deserve the judgment and punishment of God for my sins. I now repent, and will become a humble, obedient servant to the Lord Jesus, and I will be a humble, obedient servant to the people God has put in my life for me to care for and love.”
If we find it hard to say these words it is because of the sin of pride. If we find it easy to say these words, and if they truly come from the heart then we have been humbled and broken, which is the work of God's grace, and nothing for us to be proud of. It is only because of the grace of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit working in us that we can be brought to this place of confession and repentance where transformation is possible. The old sinful nature can be put away, and the new righteous nature of the Lord Jesus Christ can be created in our inner person. (Eph. 4: 22-24) When this occurs true humility can begin to grow and flourish in our life, along with all the other Godly fruits of the Holy Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23)
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
- Eph. 4:32 & 5:1-2