When was the last time you took a step back, surrendered whatever you were holding onto – fear, anxiety, whatever, and asked God for a fresh perspective? Something tells me it’s been too long. If you would have asked me that question two months ago I honestly couldn’t have told you. So often we move through life thinking we know exactly how to live. We check in with God once or twice a week, we pray the usual prayers, but we don’t actually spend time with Him with the purpose of listening. I’ve been feeling so convicted with how I spend my time and how I view my relationship with the Lord. On Sunday, our pastor mentioned Romans 12:2 and it got me thinking about how we can regularly renew our minds for the purpose of being truly humble before the Lord. Since we all battle with selfishness every day – and it’s definitely a battle, yall – a daily renewal of our minds and spirits is totally necessary.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23- 24
Humility holds incredible power – it can be slow and even silent, but the effects of it are life-changing. They’re heart-changing, family-changing, attitude-changing, and relationship-changing. Humility strips us of our judgemental hearts, our inability to forgive, and our desires for self-righteousness. It gives us the freedom of being inexplicably ourselves and cherishing others for doing the same. It brings life to the church when it suffers from legalism, theology battles, and group think. Humility offers holy and biblical perspective – bringing us back down to earth when we need it, all while raising us from the fate of our sin.
Have you considered these things before? Have you viewed humility as a passive characteristic that only quiet, nice people have? I have. I’m challenging us to view humility in its true form: a powerful and beautiful trait that can challenge even the most selfish of hearts. Humility is tough, though. It is NOT for the weak. It’s not for the uncommitted and undisciplined. To make humility a present trait in your life, I think there’s a certain level of self-awareness that we need to possess. We need to be aware of who we really are vs. who we think we should be or who others think we are. This requires that daily renewal of our minds and hearts. It requires that constant communication with God through prayer and His word. This will lead to us having a healthy self-esteem, which I think is also super necessary for humility. A self-esteem that’s born from God’s perspective is empowering and life-giving. Humility doesn’t require us to be critical and self-deprecating. It requires us to strong, confident, and righteous – but through Christ alone.
So here’s what I propose. Let’s drop our preconceived notions about humility. Let’s re-read Romans 12:2 and Ephesians 4:23 – 24 until we can’t help but seek daily renewal of our minds, hearts, and spirits. Let’s challenge ourselves to be self-aware. Let’s give ourselves the gift of letting go of any poor self-esteem the world has given us. Let’s fight the war that is selfishness and hit back with the strength, peace, and purpose given to us by humility.
Let’s do this, sister.
– Cait –