What’s the first definition that comes to your mind when you hear the word humble? For me, it meant to make myself small. Yesterday I posted something on FB, that said “Thinking of yourself as small is NOT humility, it is a tactic for you to not come into the realization of who you REALLY are.”
This post came from me looking at a task that was presented to me, then looking at the other people who had the same task, comparing myself, and coming to the conclusion that I could not do it as well as them because their names were bigger and I was “JUST” me.
However, I had been studying David (I’ll post the scripture below) and when he went to go fight Goliath, Saul said you’re “ONLY” a boy. David did not accept “only” and went on to tell Saul who he served and how God had been with him with the lion and the bear. He was so confident in who he was that though he was only a boy, he knew that God had him covered. In that moment where I thought of myself as small I remembered David, and got a boost of confidence in the one who told me to complete the task in the first place.
I wanted to study what humility actually meant after that and here’s what I found.
I wanted to know what living a humbled life looked like, and I found this scripture.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
1. Jesus emptied himself.
2. Jesus made himself a servant.
3. Jesus was Obedient.
I found out that “humble” in this context originally means to be God reliant instead of self reliant, and to have an inner LOWLINESS.
Here’s the point of this blog lol.
Small: Limited size, restricted dimensions, not great in amount or value.
Low: Situated, placed, or below general level.
We are not called to be small, because if you’re truly humble then that means that you are GOD reliant and if you lower yourself underneath him then you won’t be restricted, or limited in what you have to do for him.
1 Peter 5:6
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
Lower yourself under the submission of God, not only is this a humble position but it is a position of protection as well. People get on the ground when bullets are flying because the lower you are, the less likely you are to be a target.
17 no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
and their vindication[a] from me, declares the Lord.”
I found out that “against” means “above” or “over,” and when you’re UNDER the hand of God protection is what you will receive for taking that position of true humility and being a servant.
YOU ARE NOT SMALL…JUST GET LOW. 🙂