HUMILITY! One of the most humble people I have ever met was my biblical Greek language teacher whom I met in my first year of college. I was twenty-eight years old, married, the father of two children, a military veteran, working full time and in hind sight really dumb for taking Greek under those conditions. I probably would have done better a little later in my college career. English was hard enough but Greek! But God was gracious because my Greek professor was one of the most knowledgeable men I have ever known concerning the biblical text and the Greek language. He was very gracious and very humble and a great teacher. How he managed to put up with me I don’t know but somehow I did learn some Greek and I also learned a lot of English from his class. I ended up with a minor in Greek and a major in English in college but I also learned a lot about humility from observing this gentleman and learning from him at 7:30am four days a week.
Humility is something that is not displayed much in our society and receives very little recognition probably because brashness, loudness, bravado, and pride occupy such prominence among the media and young people. Jesus honored the trait of humbleness when he said, “whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 18:4 NIV). It appears to me that we need more humble Christian leaders in our churches today and also more humble people in the pew. Maybe that would that solve some of the problems we have in reaching the multitudes with the gospel of Christ. When people compare the church of today with the life and teachings of Christ they must wonder about where the humility is but they can certainly see the pride.
The book of Proverbs offers a great thought on this topic when it says, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor,” (Proverbs 15:33 NIV). If we really desire to be more like Christ in the area of humility then certainly we need to begin to walk in the wisdom that God is willing to teach us about life. Our trust in God and reverence for Him will teach us wisdom that leads us to be humble people bowing before God. Humility in our life will only come by the grace and power of God working in us. Left to our self we will be a proud and self-willed person. Submitting to the Lord and being taught his wisdom can lead to a life of humility and honor. We all need to submit to the Apostle Peter’s directive found in God’s Word, “Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time,” (1 Peter 5:6 NIV).
("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis)