For whatever reason this powerful expression of servanthood was NOT chosen to be received as a fruit of the Spirit.
Have you ever pondered this?
Listen to God’s word; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control….” (Eph. 5:22)
Humility is not listed as something we are given as fruit.
Now listen to this: “Our attitude should be THE SAME AS that of Jesus Christ: who being in very nature God, DID NOT CONSIDER EQUALITY WITH GOD SOMETHING TO BE GRASPED, but MADE HIMSELF NOTHING, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF and became obedient to death-even death on a cross! ” (Phil. 2:5-8)
So get this, Jesus did not consider himself to be equal with God EVEN THOUGH HE KNEW HE WAS GOD’S SON. Jesus CHOSE to EMPTY HIMSELF, Jesus CHOSE to HUMBLE HIMSELF.
What this teaches me is that humility is a choice. We must choose this cloak to put on when everything within is screaming at us to power up with pride.
“HUMBLE YOURSELVES before the Lord…” (James 4:10).
“HUMBLE YOURSELVES, therefore UNDER the mighty hand of God….” (I Pet. 5:6)
“CLOTHE YOURSELVES all of you, WITH HUMILITY toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble..” ( I Pet.5:5 ).
Do we ask God to MAKE US humble? It leads me to wonder what sound this prayer makes in His ears when His word already says, “HUMBLE YOURSELF”? How many of our prayers have included these words: “make be humble” ?
Some more of Jesus’ teaching; “And He called the people to Him again and said to them, “hear me all of you and understand:…..what comes OUT OF A PERSON is what defiles him. For from within, OUT OF THE HEART of man come….” ; and Jesus goes on to give a list and guess what makes His hit list? PRIDE! Jesus concludes his teaching by saying, “All these evil things COME FROM WITHIN, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:14-23)
So if pride come from within our hearts, and the Holy Spirit does not transplant the “fruit of humility”, and we are instructed to “humble ourselves”, just what does that mean?
The greek word for “humble” that is used is the verses in James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6, and Phil. 2:8 is “tapeinoo”; this greek word carries the meaning, “to make low, bring low,” and, “of bringing to the ground, making level, reducing to a plain.” (source: Strong’s Concordance)
Can we choose to “tapeinoo”? Can we make ourselves low? In other words, can you be a servant? Do you have the heart of a servant? Are you willing to cultivate the heart of a servant so that what comes out is not defilement but rather a spirit OF humility?
Read Mark 10:35-45
Does this passage describe the mission of Jesus Christ? He came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many, He was a King….A KING…and yet He did not come TO BE SERVED.
He HUMBLED HIMSELF.
I think pride is an attitude of the mind and heart that exults a life falsely to itself.
I think humility chosen is like placing that attitude below your feet at the foot of the cross, and in repentance turning around and walking the other way without your shoes.