What is the biblical doctrine of humility and how can it help us? We need to know what we believe and why. The word doctrine simply means ‘a belief or a set of beliefs.’ As Christ-followers our doctrine should affect every area of our life.
In light of this truth, we will briefly reflect on the doctrine of humility, which is part of the doctrine of sanctification. We may not have spent a lot of time reflecting on this matter, but it is important. We are all aware of the results of pride that have caused a broken creation. As C.S. Lewis said,
“According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind…it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.”
The opposite of pride is humility. How can studying this from Jesus’ life help us live a more humble life? Well, for one thing, this is the attitude that Jesus had when He came to earth. He was the humblest person ever to walk the earth. The more that we study this doctrine, the more we will be challenged by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Jesus’ said,
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:29 NASB).
Also in Mark 10:35-45 Jesus viewed things in an opposite way to His followers. He said that,
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45 NASB).
Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…