“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.” Matthew 11:29
Pride is the gateway sin that opens the door to other sins. Humility is the gateway blessing that opens the door to other blessings. But how do you cultivate humility? The word cultivate reminds us that this is a lifelong pursuit, something we’re always working at. Here are three ways to get started.
Measure yourself by the law
Measure yourself by the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, or 1 Corinthians 13. Then you will find yourself saying, “Lord, I fall so far short of what you are calling me to. I need to find in you what I do not have in myself.”
Model yourself on the Son
Listen to Him. Learn from Him. Model yourself on the Son of God. He says to you: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29).
Listen to what Jesus says: “I can do nothing on my own…” (John 5:30). “I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will…” (John 6:38). “I do not seek my own glory…” (John 8:50). If these are the words of Christ, how much more should they be ours?
Motivate yourself through grace
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jas. 4:6). Humility is the grace that brings more grace. People who know their need and their poverty before God have a blessing that will lead to greater blessing.
Where could you begin to cultivate humility in your life today?