I heard a statement years ago that got me laughing and thinking at the same time. The statement goes thus; “Some people are so humble that they are even proud of their humility.” Truly, there is a difference between humility and “humbility”.

Friend, humility is a Kingdom virtue that all highflyers must possess. The higher you want to go in life, the humbler you have to be. Humility is both a fruit of the Spirit and a function of your decision (Galatians 5:23, Philippians 2:5). You are not going to be automatically humble because you are a Christian, you have got to make a decision to be humble as you cooperate with the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 5:6).

Humility is seeing yourself the way God sees you. Humility is not the same as low self-esteem while healthy self-esteem is not the same as pride. Some people we think are proud only have a healthy self-esteem while, sometimes, the people we think are humble are only suffering from low self-esteem. God wants you to think highly of yourself but not more highly (Romans 12:3).

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). You need to humble yourself if you want God to lift you. It is either you humble yourself or God humbles you (Deuteronomy 8:2). Jesus humbled himself by walking the road of obedience (Philippians 2:8).

“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). Meekness is not weakness, it is strength under control. People would think you are weak or foolish, but God will manifest His Grace and Glory through you (1 Corinthians 4:9-10, 2 Corinthians 12:9). God works through weak people. Grace flows through unassuming people. The flesh and the devil easily find their home in proud people.

“…God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). Grace carriers are humble people. You can tell how much of divine Grace you can carry by your level of humility. God specializes in placing treasures in heathen vessels so He can take all the glory (2 Corinthians 4:7). The people manifesting God on the earth are not necessarily smart people, they are simply broken people.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria