Generation Cedar

Who was He? This Jesus?

“I want to be like Him.”

That is what a Christian is, right? A “follower of Christ”…one who has devoted his life to “becoming like Him”?

All the while we seek the easier virtues, the more visible ones.

Joy: we can be joyful. Bold: we can be bold. Different: we can be different. Zealous: oh yes.

And while Christ was all these things, they did not define Him. What defined Him was the one crowning virtue from which all others spring forth….

Humility.

(Am I like Him?)

But not humility as in some posture before the throne, some temporary form during prayer and worship…

“True humility is to be made of no reputation…it is in our most unguarded moments that we truly show who we are and what we are made of. To know a truly humble person, you must follow that one in the common course of daily life.” -Andrew Murray, Humility

I am pierced to the heart as I measure my love for Him.

“It is a solemn thought that our love for God is measured by our everyday relationships with others. Except as its validity is proven in standing the test of daily life with our fellowmen, our love for God may be found to be a delusion.” -Andrew Murray, Humility

I am broken as I recount yesterday’s harsh words…an “invitation” to wrath, a lack of longsuffering with these little, gangling sheep in my care.

(Am I like Him?)

“It is in our relationships with one another, in our treatment of each other, that true lowliness of mind and a heart of humility are seen.” -Andrew MurrayHumility

If I am a Christian–one desiring to follow Christ–I must make it my FIRST aim to become “nothing”, empty, so that He can fill me with His spirit…a spirit of meekness and humility. It is only when I know that I am nothing, that I can esteem others better than myself.

“Let this mind be in you…”

If I strive for anything in this life, it must be a giving up of my own will to be conformed to His image. It is the only true mark of a disciple.

“Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root; a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a virtue along with the others, but is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God, to do all.” –Andrew Murray, Humility

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  1. Needed this today. Had a rough day with the kids yesterday and feeling like another day is just too hard. Remembering that the care I give to them is an extension of the love I show to God makes it feel a little less like work. And knowing that any attempt I make at service to another is just a reflection of what Jesus already did for me makes it feel a little less overwhelming. Trying to put myself in Jesus’ place today and serve my kids the way he would.

  2. What great quotes. I am struck by all of them and failing to be filled with humility. What a trait that only God, ONLY He can form in us. I must pray today and bring this to the Lord. Thank you for sharing this today.

  3. Ouch. I remember reading an Oswald Chambers a couple months ago about being willing to “not be noticed”. That so goes against my grain to want to be appreciated for what I do in the home or in my church. Wonderful quotes. Lots to think about.

  4. Another thought-provoking post. I looked up some verses on humility after reading your post and noticed something I never paid attention to before in First Peter 5:6-7 (KJV).

    6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
    7 Casting all your care upon him; for her careth for you.

    I had never noticed that those two verses were part of the same sentence, or thought about giving our cares to God as being an example within the context of humbling ourselves under God. Releasing our worries to God is an act of humility because we’re willingly taking ourselves out of the driver seat (where of course we love to be), and are acknowledging God’s sovereignty and control, making ourselves nothing. Never looked at it that way before.

    On another note: while I was composing this comment, my four-year-old asked me to play a game with her. I told her I would play the game after I finished typing, to which she responded, “Do you need to do that, or do you want to do that?”

    Ouch! You mean I really have to put this humility stuff into practice, esteeming others over me and my wants? Thank God for all the ways He gets through to me 😉

  5. This post encourages me to read this book of Andrew Murray. I have it right here in my room!
    @ 6 arrows: I also didn’t notice that 1 Peter 5:6 and 7 were in the same sentence. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome, Marie-Louise. Isn’t it neat how God allows us to discover new things reading passages we’ve read before? I just love that!

      Speaking of discovering what we hadn’t noticed before, I see I misspelled a word in verse 7: “for *her* careth for you” should read “for *he* careth for you.” Didn’t mean to turn God into a female 😉

      (Humbly submitted after better proofreading.) 🙂

  6. I also have this same book by Andrew Murray and have been drawn back to it several times. I have seen the pride in my heart too many times to count and am reminded daily of what you have written here – it is humility that matters. Are we able to do the servant’s job with no special recognition but only to be made like our Savior and receive His approval only? How I long to do the will of Christ daily and am constantly battling selfish desires…to be a living sacrifice I need my Savior every hour like the sweet hymn says!

  7. Great post! Puts me in mind of an old couplet I heard a long time ago, that just stuck in my head the way random things do…

    “Humility, that low, sweet root,
    From which all heavenly virtues shoot.”

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