Andrew Murray’s book ‘Humility’ break s our thinking about humility, making us exclaim, ‘This is humility!’
The writer says becoming arrogant or losing humility is the source of the evil. Arrogance itself does not mean moral deficiency, and humility itself moral virtue. When God created the world, He had a purpose to involve mankind in his all-powerful love. As a creature of God, we had to be humble before God and dependent on God alone.
However, we lost this humility. It started from the arrogant angels who became self-absorbed. Satan, the old snake which was eliminated from heaven, put the poison called arrogance into the life of man and destroyed our humility of only relying on God. Afterward, we choose to try to be greater and higher endlessly and become the king of our lives.
Destroyed Humility that only relied on God
God, however, did not overlook what Satan did to mankind. He put an end to the arrogance, the source of the evil, through the event of the cross. Jesus Christ humbled himself and became obedient to death (Phil. 2:8). Unless the arrogance of ours which puts ourselves higher than God is destroyed, the true humility and the holiness of God cannot come to us. We can be humble only when the humility of Christ is in us. Also, only when our spirit is clothed with the humility of Christ can we regard ourselves dead to flesh and start to learn the way of Christ and walk in it.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”(James 4:10)
The presence and power of Christ comes to those who have a humbled spirit. Our old-self disappears only when God completely owns us.
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”(Isaiah 57:15)
Humility in front of God is our glory
The humility of Christ is what makes us submit to do what God pleases regardless what people may say. The creatures are a channel and a bowl of God. The glory of creatures can be found in God alone. Heaven comes to those who have nothing, and those who ask for nothing for themselves inherit an everlasting possession from God.
Jesus on earth in his true humility takes the seat of complete obedience and gives all the glory and honor to God. He said about his power, will, glory and missions, “I am nothing. I gave myself to God. I am nothing but God is everything.” By relying on God’s will with a total self-surrender and obedience, he lived in perfect peace and joy coming from heaven.
While reading the book, I realized once again that only the work of cross rescued me from the miserable and arrogant life I once indulged in. God! Teach us, your children, to believe that becoming nothing in front of God’s presence is the noblest thing and the fullest blessing. Let me become emptier and lower before you. Even if nobody acknowledges or notices me, I want to be the holy bowl that is only filled with you. Maranatha!