Time and again in this chapter Murray returns to the theme that any supposed humility we have before God will be proved true, or not, by the humility with which we relate to those around us.
Here are a sample of those related quotations:
It is easy to think we humble ourselves before God: humility towards men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real.
Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men.
Our humility before God has no value, but as it prepared us to reveal the humility of Jesus to our fellow-men.
Join me in reflecting on how truly humility has taken root in our lives? Do we see it not only in our private attitude before God but also in the public interactions we have with others?
A list of Scripture passages that Murray references may clarify where we stand on this:
- “Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).
- “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16).
- “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).
- “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).
- “Be completely humble and gentle” (Ephesians 4:2).
- “Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
- “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-7).
- “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:12-13).
If, like me, you feel a bit low on the humility scale after reading these passages, perhaps it would do us good, as Murray says, “to turn humbly and meekly to the meek and lowly Lamb of God, in the assurance that where He is enthroned in the heart, His humility and gentleness will be one of the streams of living water that flow from within us.”
May God make much of us by truly humbling us, and may the humbling in the hands of God bring the joy of the abundant life that Christ promises.
[Read the entire series of posts on Andrew Murray’s book Humility here.]