Can you think of a person you enjoy who exemplifies humility? What did you experience in their presence that would cause you to say they were humble? We have looked at two tests of humility. First, we need to ask for feedback about our weakness and how we hurt others. Second, we learn to sincerely apologizing when we make mistakes. Humility is important to God because this character trait keeps us open to His correction in our life.
Here is another measure of humility: Gratefulness. I Corinthians, chapter 3, Paul explains spiritual immaturity is marked by jealousy and quarreling. He reminds the Corinthians not to boast about man’s work or quarrel about what man’s teaching one follows. Paul exhorts these believers that they already have been given everything. Corinthians 3:21 says, “No more boasting about men. All things are yours whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are your, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” In chapter 4:7 Paul is says, “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
Everything you have is a gift from God, whether you know it or not. Your life, your job, your health, your salvation….all a gift. When acknowledge all we possess as a gift, we are grateful to the giver. We give thanks. We show appreciation. A humble person expresses appreciation frequently. To whom have you expressed appreciation recently?
Do those close to you see you as a grateful person? Make a list of some people who would be shocked to hear you express appreciation and surprise them.