What is humility? C.J. Mahaney in his book entitled, Humility, defines it as; “honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” The opposite of humility is pride. Mahaney defines pride as; “when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him.” Pride then is the essence (or root) of all sin. As Augustine said, “pride is the commencement of all sin.”
The Gospel is the reversal of sin and the result of sin (Rom 8:2). Therefore, if the Gospel is going to bear fruit in our lives it is going to bear the fruit of humility. If pride is the beginning of sin, then humility is the beginning of Gospel fruit. How do we gain humility? Only the Gospel can produce humility in our lives. Humbly, Christ came to accomplish salvation (Phil 2:5-11), and His saving work produces humility in those whom He saves. The more we understand the Gospel, the more it will produce humility in our lives. Issac Watts said it well in his Hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:When I survey the wondrous cross On which the prince of glory died, My riches gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.
Before the Gospel bears any other fruit in your (marriage, parenting, relationships, church, actions) life, it will first bear the fruit of humility. Look to and think on the cross daily!
“All of us have inflated views of ourselves… until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.” -John Stott