I want to discuss how to humble yourself so that God may exalt you in due time. When we learn to humble ourselves, people will see more of Jesus and less of us. Otherwise, we get in the way too much. When we understand that one of the things we must do for ourselves is to humble ourselves, then God can do His part because we just did ours.
Peter talks about humbling ourselves.
“… all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:5-7).
The Bible says that either you will humble yourself or God will humble you.
Humility is not berating yourself or demeaning yourself. Rather, humility is a simple discovery that your greatest joy is found in giving life away. Reward is not applause. The reward is being able to serve. You were chosen to serve; it is quite a privilege.
This kind of humility is not gained easily; it is gained intentionally.
Humility is not natural for us human beings. It must be developed. Acts of humility must be intentionally planned and carried out consistently until they become natural.
One of the simplest ways to build humility is something we call hidden service. That is the anonymous acts of kindness in the name of Christ: doing the act and then backing off, not taking credit for it but backing off and letting Him take care of the rest.
We do our part and He does His; it is a partnership with God. We do the hidden service and then He gives what we see in public — life, health and people being drawn to Himself.
It is taking joy in the simple fact that you got to do some good — you were able to serve, you were able to give. That’s it! No accolades or trumpets are needed.
In Matthew 6, Jesus says it this way:
“ ‘So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full’” (Matt. 6:2).
In other words, if we blow a trumpet about what we are doing, that is the entire honor we will receive. Yet, with hidden service, we will see results far greater come to pass as we do our part and let God do His.
Hidden service is done just for the sheer joy of being able to do something in the name of Christ. Whether what we do is in the spotlight or in the shadows, it highlights Him, not us. After a while, humility becomes a natural part of us rather than some contrived duty of a Christian.
These acts are so healthy for our soul. A part of God’s DNA begins to surface when we give without any strings attached, when our sole motive is just to discover eth sheer joy of being God’s messenger and to do a good deed in His name.
Good deeds bring good will that leads people to be open to the good news one day. That part, we leave to God.
A second way to build humility involves how we handle credit. We all like to receive the credit for something we have done, our ideas, our service or some accomplishment. Remember, however, that when credit is given, it is safe. When it is stolen, it can be destructive.
It is better to give credit away. When you do, it will always come back to you.
Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
One of the best ways to build humility and to humble yourself is to give credit away and to bolster others.
My prayer is that you will let God open some doors for you for hidden service and that you will give credit away. I pray you will see how it helps us to humble ourselves. My prayer is that we understand that if we are to grow up in Him, we’ve got to humble yourselves. The best way to do that is through hidden service and giving credit away. Humble yourself. That’s one of the things that God says we must do for ourselves.