Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.James 4:10
We are to be humble because Jesus was humble. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8) What is the world’s definition of being humble? Being weak and insecure? Was Jesus weak and insecure? No. The Lord wants us to be humble, to be secure, confident, and strong. A person humble in Christ is filled with peace, joy, and reflects his love.
We cannot be humble if we are not secure and confident, but we can be secure and confident through our identity and faith in Christ. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirits that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, (Romans 8:16-17) We are God’s family, his special possession, and his Spirit lives in us. The Lord leads us through life and will never leave us or forsake us. This gives us the highest self-worth possible, and it makes us humble because it comes from God; it not something we earned. We are secure and confident because we walk with the Lord’s wisdom and strength.
Our identities in Christ have meaning if we walk in faith as the Lord’s servant, giving him control. When we give the Lord control he changes our hearts to walk in his divine perfect will. He has now given us control guided by the Holy Spirit. How can we be secure and confident if we are not in control of ourselves? We are the Lord’s servants and he is the master. The master’s responsibility is to take care of his servants and to guide his servants through life. Since the master guides the servant, the master takes responsibility for the outcome. With God in control, life works out better and easier for us. We trust the Lord, thereby reducing our worry and fear. We are now free in Christ and that identity fills our hearts making us more humble, more secure, and more confident.
Our identites come from God through the Spirit, not from the world. It’s important that we know who we are in Christ no matter what the world tells us. Satan will attack our identities, but he has no power because our identities are divine. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Today walk in confidence and security, and remember who you are in Christ, his special possession in his family. With a strong identity in Christ, our defensive behaviors are replaced with a heart of love by God’s wisdom. Being humble reveals the heart of God to the world.
Prayer: Lord, help me to have a humble heart, knowing who I am in Christ. Let me be free in Christ, to walk confidently and securely, reflecting your love and wisdom in all situations. Guide me to always have self-control. In Jesus name, Amen