Bible Study On Humility – Stories & Examples
Humility is something that we as Christians needs to move towards having in our life on an ongoing basis. The bible shows us the way with examples and stories we can use as reference.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”
– 1 Peter 5:6
It’s easy to be prideful– it’s in our nature, after all. From the time we are born, we instinctively think of ourselves first and others second. The pride problem only worsens as we grow older, especially in our culture, where everyone competes to be better than everyone else. This selfish lifestyle, however, is not what God intends for His people. We are meant to be humble in all things, big and small. Even if it costs us, we are meant to show the love of Christ by living a life that serves God and His people before ourselves.
Philippians 2:3 tells us: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” This may seem like a difficult thing to do, but perhaps that is because we’re just not used to it. Humility defies everything that our sinful human natures teach us. When we come to Christ, we are transformed from the inside out. God rewires our hearts and minds to seek His will and His ways, not our own. Therefore, humility may seem like a foreign concept, but as with many things, it comes easier the more we put it into practice.
The ultimate example of humility can be found in none other than Jesus Christ. That same passage in Philippians says that “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Just think about it – the God of the Universe took on flesh and entered this world, for the sake of our salvation. He left the infinite glory of heaven to become a baby in a manger, enduring earthly pain and suffering – why? So that we could know life in Him. When we find it difficult to show compassion to our neighbors, we just have to remember that even with all our flaws, Christ loved us enough to die for us.
So how can you become more humble? Humility can take on a plethora of different forms, from giving to the poor to simply showing good sportsmanship at a football game. The key in every situation is this: love. Our ability to love distinguishes us from every other species on earth. The animals kill and steal and look out only for themselves. And why shouldn’t they? They were created without souls, without morals, for the benefit of man. But us? We are made in the image of God. So, just as God has loved us, so we should extend that love to others. And we should be praying daily that God would give us opportunities to be humble and that He would refocus our minds on others. And as we grow in our faith, we learn that there is joy found in serving others that we cannot obtain from serving ourselves.