“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:3-6 ESV).
C. S. Lewis once said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” And while I love the thought here, my question is, how? How do we think of ourselves less? We tend to naturally be so self-obsessed. To think of ourselves less seems to go against the very grain of who we are. But that is exactly the point…
We were not created to be self-obsessed, but God-obsessed. Though we often live as though we are at the center of the universe, in actuality we were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever; in other words our lives are meant to be lived for the glory of God… So our thoughts, our words, and our actions should be God-centered. And that’s the secret to thinking of ourselves less.
Humility is a reflex to pursuing something great. Only God can make us truly humble… So, the key to humility is not trying to think less of yourself, nor trying to think of yourself less; it is thinking of Christ more and seeking to know Him more. That’s why in the beatitudes Jesus says that the same people—those who are blessed—who are poor in spirit also hunger and thirst for righteousness. To be poor in spirit is to not be self-obsessed. And those who are poor in spirit are meek or gentle and morn their sin because they have gotten a glimpse of the greatness, the worth, and the beauty of the glory of God in Christ. And as their eyes have been opened to who Jesus is, as they have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, they have started to truly hunger and thirst for righteousness—namely the righteousness that is found in Christ alone.
So, true humility is directly tied to thinking much of, knowing much of, and loving Jesus. And in that humility true blessing is found.
I am nothing; Christ is all!