Humble Yourselves

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.

Hidden Service

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. 

Comments 4

  1. Pastor Wayne is so right! I just learned this a few days ago. If we don’t humble ourselves, God will. God almost humbled me, but He loves me so much that He gave the opportunity to think about it and make my own choice whether to humble my own self or let Him humble me. He let the Devil buffeted me with the truth about me. I never wanted to accept it but, He said that if I don’t accept the truth and humble my own self, then I have to bear the consequence of my PRIDE. When I decided to accept the truth that all my sacrifices and help to others like my family need to be left in God’s hands, and I shouldn’t be looking for praises and gratefulness from them, my soul became PEACEFUL and I went back to being the HAPPY person that I always am. Anyway, He said that He got me covered, meaning He knows it all and He will take care of me and my needs. Whatever I give, I give it to Him for His glory and honor. That is the lesson I got from Him. He also reprimanded me from neglecting my intimacy with Him through my daily DEVOTION. Hearing Joyce Meyer’s message about meeting God in the morning before I even start my Day prepares me for the battles with the Devil, my flesh, and the World for that day! I understand what Pastor Wayne Cordeiro is truly saying here. It took me years to understand this. Now, my heart is more open for hidden services in honor of my God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  2. I love the idea of being in partnership with the Lord via “hidden service” I called ite being Gods Secret Agent….humility is doing things that being glory to God and nominee other

  3. Humble the opposite of proud. A proud person will have a difficult time becoming a disciple of our Lord because of a need to be right. A proud person would have a difficult time forgiving & accepting forgiveness because of a desire to always be in control. To completely surrender your life to Jesus Christ our LORD, will take a humble heart & spirit.

  4. I learned a frw uears back that it is good to give credit where credit is due. Remember when your applauded for a job well done to share it with God. Tell people that it was through the grace of our Heavenly Gather that you were able to do what you did. Without the gifts he gave us, we could do nothing. Our Father is a great God and deserves all the credit.

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