In the sermon on the mount, we see this radical idea of biblical humility. How do we know if we’re humble?
1. Someone poor in spirit loses their self-preoccupation. Like Paul said: ‘for me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.’ We become lost in the wonder of Christ, not in ourselves. You could just ask a friend: ‘am I humble?’ and when they get done laughing, they’ll probably let you know that you still have a long way to go.
2. We won’t complain about our situation, no matter how bad it gets. Paul didn’t complain, even though he was in jail unfairly. Amazing. Another way to put this is that we should not expect better treatment than Jesus got. In fact, Jesus warned us about this very thing. Jn. 15:20
3. We will seek to give preference to one another in honor. Rom. 12:10
4. We will spend time in prayer, because we are always in need.
5. We will take Christ on His terms, not on our terms. The person poor in spirit will realize that he or she has no bargaining power with God. You can do only one thing: ask for mercy.
6. It also means an absence of defensiveness. So many people today are very defensive, they are so insecure that they can’t tolerate any criticism, even from a friend. Someone poor in spirit is someone who no longer has to explain himself. It is the absence of being judgmental or of being easily offended.
7. Humility causes us to praise and thank God for all His blessings. A humble person does not go around with his head down and mumbling something about how worthless he is or how bad he is, moping around, acting like a doormat. No. And do you know why not? Think about it, what is that person doing, he or she is focused on themselves! They are still preoccupied with themselves! Humility is a joyful self-forgetfulness!
Nothing characterizes a humble person more than a spirit of joyful praise and thanksgiving to God!
True biblical humility is a very attractive, positive, winsome trait!!!