Monday, December 7, 2015

Genuine Humility

Yesterday, preaching on the humility of King David, I shared a quote that offers a wonderful definition of humility. It is found in the book Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney, 

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness” (p.22)

That is short, to the point and biblically informed, just like the book.  

At the end of Humility, there is a list of suggestions on how to weaken pride and cultivate humility in our lives. These suggestions are connected to the definition of humility that has God’s holiness and our sinfulness at the core. I offer this helpful list to go over if you want to take the pursuit  of humility serious.   

  1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross. 
  2. Begin each day by acknowledging your dependence upon God.
  3. Begin your day expressing gratefulness to God. 
  4. Practice spiritual disciplines—prayer, study of the Word, worship. 
  5. Seize your commute time to memorize and mediate on Scripture. 
  6. Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. 
  7. At the end of the day, transfer the glory to God. 
  8. Before going to sleep, receive this gift acknowledging His purpose for sleep. 
  9. Study the attributes of God.
  10. Study the doctrines of grace. 
  11. Study the doctrine of sin. 
  12. Play as much golf as possible* 
  13. Laugh often, and laugh at yourself often. 
  14. Identify evidences of grace in others. 
  15. Encourage and serve others each and every day. 
  16. Invite and pursue correction. 
  17. Respond humbly to trials. 

*A personal favorite from the author of this blog