Humility is hard to define. Many times, it is impossible to recognize. Those possessing strong personalities consider others as weak individuals. Yet, there is something special about the one who has such a simple trait. Words cannot identify or describe such a person. They can be famous or nobody. Maybe they serve in places of honor or obscurity. Their deeds may be seen or never known. Those honored by others are famous to the crowds, but the platitudes are frivolous words inside their hearts.
Moses was unmatched in spirituality. God describes, “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3 NIV). Likewise, John the Baptist did not toot his kinship to Jesus but said, “I am not worthy to carry his sandals” ( Matthew 3:11). The Messiah later described John as the greatest born of women (Matthew 11:11).
These examples demonstrate humility is lived, not taught. Observed but not bragged about. So many grateful recipients of grace shared what they have, even to their detriment. Lottie Moon, an American missionary to China, was a remarkable example. Reportedly, she starved herself to death by giving her food away during the famine in north China. Humility comes from the heart, not from recognition.
Humility and generosity may come with a price, at least here on earth. Most practitioners are unknown or never recognized by churches, neighbors, or society as someone special. But to the Lord, they are his shining jewels of humility. They serve with a pure heart. They are secure within themselves, totally relying on God, not looking for fame or fortune, but service opportunities. They are quietly praying, doing the Lord’s bidding, desiring to remain unnoticed.
May our churches have more of these humble Saints for heaven’s glory.