Do you consider yourself a humble person? Do others consider you a humble person? Or are you a proud person? Do you harbor a selfish ambition? Do you boast about your accomplishments? Are you envious of what others have?
I dare say most of us are not as humble as we might think we are. After all, merely thinking of ourselves as humble, if we take pride in it, means we are not as humble as we should be. A truly humble person likely doesn’t even know they are humble—but God does.
How are we to show our humility? James tells us to show it by leading a good life and in the deeds we do. Leading a good life includes following the teachings of Jesus and His commands. God will reveal himself through us to others. We will become an example for others to follow. We will be a beacon of hope to those we encounter.
God has prepared good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10). Carrying out those good works also reveals our humility. It shows that we have submitted to God’s plan. It shows that we have set aside our selfish ambition and envy.
How do we become humble? By understanding the wisdom of God. Though this may sound simple, it requires work, belief, and faith. To understand God’s wisdom, we must know God’s Word. We must read God’s Word and study it. We must discuss it with other followers who also read it. God works through all those who read his Word to help us better understand his will.
We also must believe God’s Word. We must believe he is God, that he sent his Son to be our Savior, that Jesus rose from the dead, and Jesus will return. We must put our faith in someone we cannot see nor physically interact with. We must hold onto our faith, regardless of what comes our way. All this increases our wisdom, which leads to us becoming humble.
I pray we all seek to understand God’s Word. I pray we gain in wisdom. I pray each one of us lead a good life and demonstrate the humility that only comes from the wisdom of God. Seek to know God. Read his Word. Gain understanding. Become wise. Lead a good life. Follow Jesus. Be humble.
James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.