Our obedience to God starts with a humble attitude.
humble – adjective: not proud or arrogant, low in rank, inferiority, subservience
Humility is a hard word for some of us to demonstrate. Most times my tongue would rather stick to the roof of my mouth, than admit “Your way is right, Lord, my way was wrong.” Being humble certainly is not my best attribute. It’s this type of attitude that makes it hard to acknowledge God is greater and more powerful than we are.
But exercising these five helpful actions towards God will strengthen your self-control to follow His plan for humility over one of arrogance.
God knows the best plan because He created the best plan. It is up to us through our choices to recognize His superiority each time we accept His plan for a blessed life.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Isn’t it wonderful God has told us He will reward a humble attitude!
Like children please their parents when they follow household rules, God, our heavenly Father is pleased when we humble ourselves and obey His commandments. (And we all know family life is happier with no conflict.)
The process of learning humility can be accomplished in five simple steps. If we habitually following these five actions, we find we are constantly placing God first in our daily lives:
- Confess your sin to God. – Through confession we acknowledge we are wrong.
- Serve others. – Through service we lift someone else up.
- Forgive. – Forgiveness frees our power over debt.
- Accept corrections. – Receiving corrections recognizes our mistakes.
- Submit to authority. – Yielding to authority accepts we are not in power.
As we grow in understanding God’s word and comply with His will, we benefit from making His changes in our lives and surroundings. These changes we make always please God and bring us closer to Him.
Jesus gave us this parable of humility: Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
We follow God’s way each time we humble ourselves before Him. This action pleases God.
Arrogant is the opposite of humble.
arrogant – adjective: having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities
Growing in our faith is impossible if we consistently put ourselves first over the will of God. I have been known to argue trivial matters I believe to be right. In the scheme of things it did not matter who said what to which person. Yet I would argue my point and soon realize my trivial argued point is not how God wants me to conduct myself.
Ask God right now to help you achieve a life of humility. Ask Him to help you receive this honorable attitude as you devoutly live out these five simple actions.
Humility teaches us to step back and refuse the act of arrogance. Refusing the act of arrogance invites God’s will to take over any situation we can’t handle on our own.
And to God be the glory, as we lift up His holy name.