By: Danny Wallace
“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness.” Ephesians 4:1
The Message translation says it this way:
“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run! —On the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.”
Many people say that humility cannot be taught – one either “has it,” or they don’t. In Colossians 3:12 we are told that as the holy and beloved of God we are to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering. Therefore, it would seem that the critics are right. We are not taught to be humble. In fact, the entire concept of teaching humility is a bit contrived. Humility is a spiritual garment that we accept, and wear. We are presented the garment of humility as the beloved of God and we “put it on” as the most glorious garment we will ever have the honor to wear.
When you see someone walking your way wearing the garment of humility it is like a wounded soldier who sees a kind-hearted, doctor or nurse coming to him in the moment of his greatest need. In that moment, the wounded are not looking for someone of great fame, wealth, or social importance. The wounded are encouraged by the blanket of healing that comes through humble sacrifice.
The “Christ” of our Christianity is a testimony to the power, scope, and depth of humility. The very act of leaving His throne of glory to submit Himself to ridicule and disgrace at the hands of those who would have no life, had He not breathed it into us, is a depth of humility no man possesses.
Jesus presented this gift of humility to us in the form of a spiritual garment. Who in their right mind wears rags when presented with the finest of designer clothes? We must shed the cheap, and pretentious garment of self, to reign in the garment of love and humility.
Clothed in self, we are rejected, the same as broken men and women rejected the bondage of the Pharisees. Clothed in humility, the Holy Spirit illuminates our hearts as a source of hope and healing – drawing the sinful, and broken multitudes to Jesus Christ.