Humility by Andrew Murray
“He that Loveth not his brother whom he hath see, how can he love God whom he hath not seen” 1 John 4:20
“What a solemn thought, that our love to God will be measured by our everyday intercourse with men and the love it displays; and that our love to God will be found to be a delusion, except was its truth is proved in standing the test of daily life with our fellowmen. It is even so with our humility. 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; that humility has taken up its abode in us; and become our very nature; that we actually, like Christ, have made ourselves of no reputation. When in the presence of God lowliness of heart has become, not a posture we pray to Him, but the very spirit of our life, it will manifest itself in all our bearing towards our brethren. The lesson is one of deep import; the only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignificances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us. It is in our unguarded moments that we really show and see what we are.”
Sigh….I feel like God has doubled down on me with this one, for the more I come to understand of God, the smaller and insignificant I become, so what else would be possible but for me to approach and interact with God as a most humble tiny bit of His creation. I mean HE IS GOD!
Still, as Murray states above, “it is easy to think we humble ourselves before God” I get that; it is the emptying myself for man, ultimately for God, that is not now a natural seeming thing, and I am even having trouble imagining it as the essence of my being, but that is what the Lord is asking of us. I will just have to relinquish myself to His Spirit, and have faith in the possibility of perhaps grasping even a microscopic sliver of true humility, through His wonderful, ongoing never finished, work of sanctification which He promises to those who believe.
And even an infinitesimal sliver of the nature of God, would be the treasure of a lifetime.❤️