The Bible describes humility as meekness, lowliness and absence of self. The Greek word translated “humility'' in Colossians 3:12 and elsewhere literally means "lowlinessof mind," so we see that humility is a heart attitude, not merely an outward demeanor. Onemay put on an outward show of humility but still have a heart full of pride and arrogance. Jesus said that those who are "poor in spirit' would have the kingdom of heaven. Being poor in spirit means that only those who admit to an absolute bankruptcy of spiritual worth will inherit eternal life. Therefore, humility is a prerequisite for the Christian. When we come to Christ as sinners, we must come in humility. We acknowledge that we are paupers and beggars who come with nothing to offer Him but our sin and our need for salvation. We recognize our lack of merit and our complete inability to save ourselves. Then when He offers the grace and mercy of God, we accept it in humble gratitude and commit our lives to Him and to others. We “die to self” so that we can live as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 17). We never forget that He has exchanged our worthlessness for His infinite worth, our sin for His righteousness, andthe life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God who loved usand gave Himselffor us (Galatians 2:20). That is true humility.
Biblical humility is not only necessary to enter the kingdom, it is also necessary to be great in the kingdom(Matthew 20:26-27). Here Jesusis our model. Just as He did not come to be served. butto serve, somust we commit ourselves to serving others in all lowliness of mind, always considering others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). This attitude precludes selfish ambition, conceit, and the strife that comes withself-justificationand self-defense. The truly humble does not de fend himself whenfalsely accused or unjustlytreated. He defends the truth, but not his own ego or reputation. Jesus was not ashamed to humble Himselfas a servant (John13:1-16), even to death on the cross (Philippians 2:8). In His humility, He was always obedient to the Father and so should the humble Christian be willing to put aside all selfishness and submit in obedience to God and His Word. True humility producesgodliness, contentment, and security. God has promised to give grace to the humble, while He opposes the proud(Proverbs 3:34: 1Peter 5:5). Therefore, we mustconfess and put away pride. If we exalt ourselves, we place ourselves in opposition to God who will, in His grace and for our own good, humble us. But if we humble ourselves, God gives us more grace and exalts us (Luke 14: 11). Along with Jesus. Paulis also to be our example of humility. In spite of the great gifts and understanding he had received, Paul saw himself as the "least of the apostles” and the “chief of sinners” (I Timothy I :15: 1 Corinthians 1 5:9). Like Paul, the truly humble will glory in the grace of God and in the cross, not in self-righteousness (Philippians 3:3-9).
Recommended Resource: Lord. Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late, Revisedby James MacDonald