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I'm Wearing Humble and it Looks Good On Me

Updated on February 27, 2010
(A door slams shut as two 
humble people reach for the handle)
Servant A: “Pardon me; let me get that for you”, 
Servant B: “Heavens no, please 
allow me to get the 
door for YOU instead”
(Ten minutes pass as voices 
rise and an argument ensues)
Servant A: “I’m telling you 
for the last time; 
get out of the way 
and let go of that handle!”  
Servant B: “No sir-ee, 
I’m not letting 
you show me up, I’ve been a 
servant all my life,
and not even a good one,
so I know you are better 
than me,you let go of that 
handle right now so 
I can open it for you.” 
Servant A: ”Just who do you 
think you are? I’m the servant 
of a servant’s servant, 
so I guess my lowliness 
trumps yours!I’m opening 
that door for you 
if it’s the last thing 
I do buddy, even if it 
takes me all night"
(A young girl walks up and opens door, props it open with a 
rock then walks inside…)

Servant A: “Gee, I sure feel silly, please forgive me”, 
Servant B: “No, it’s my fault, please forgive me… 
I was being selfish, you go ahead, enter first”, 
Servant A: “What? Perish the thought, I wouldn’t hear of it, 
I insist you enter first, I’ll go in last!”

[The characters portrayed here are strictly fictitious; any similarity to me, you, or others either of us know in real life is purely coincidental. S.Gonzalez 2010]

…and love

Seems a little silly doesn’t it; however ridiculous, humility can make us do the strangest things. We are required to prefer others above ourselves; encouraged to seek the lowest seat in hopes of being invited to a better one(Luke 14:7-11); and commanded to develop a sense of lowliness and meekness that often leads to grace, exalted position, and favor. On the surface this seems contradictory. It almost feels like an unspoken rule to act humble in hopes of getting something better than the other guy. (Jam 4:10, Prov. 24:12)


your neighbor,

Let’s be honest with ourselves, to “act” humble requires either pretending to be humble or convincing ourselves we are humble. In both of these situations there is a possibility that it would not be a heartfelt sentiment.  So which is it? Do we “act” humble or just tell ourselves over and again: “remember, they are better than you”?  

…as yourself.

Like the call to renew one’s own mind (Romans 12:2), it’s often necessary to develop, on purpose and with conscious effort, new thoughts and choices that may be different than our nature. It is also natural for most emotionally healthy individuals to desire to get, gain, and glory in our own wonderful uniqueness. In fact to love my neighbor as ‘myself’ requires that I first love myself. The truism “hurting people hurt others” is a great example of what happens when one does not have a healthy love for themselves.

      ***WARNING: Get ready humble people, this may feel 
       uncomfortable for a moment, Talk of SELF ESTEEM 
                  Coming just up ahead***

With this in mind, it is an easy adjustment to understand the concept that ‘acting’ humble is not false humility, but a conscious effort to act as we have been commanded by Jesus. I absolutely love the fact that Jesus knows all too well that we selfish humans, who love ourselves as is only natural, will usually gravitate towards the most base and humanistic selfish vain glory. This is due in part to the fact 'we like who God has made us to be'.

Yet, If left unchecked, it can easily turn into pride and self worship. This why we are called to remember: as wonderful, talented, gifted, beautiful or blessed as God has made us; HE made us. We are His creation. When all is said and done, we don’t own the patent, we’re just entrusted with holding it a while (take that selfish pride!)

It's Hard to Be Humble

Mark 12:28-31

People who like who they are often want the best for themselves. What a concept then… The way you feel about yourself…that’s how Jesus is asking us to treat the other guy… Love them as you do yourself.

Remember though, this is very different from pride which exalts itself and says “I don’t need God and He doesn’t deserve my reverence, respect or attention.” I’m describing a thankfulness and appreciation for something He created: You.

So, rather than asking us to despise one of Gods’ best gifts to the world (YOU), He asks that we make a conscious choice to give preference to others in our daily dealings with them. Treat the other person like we prefer them… Not hate ourselves, just ‘act’ in a way that says, “You are worth loving”.

Then a surprise ending, when you do this He will see to it that your obedience to His command will produce unity, peace, favor, and guess what’s next; that’s right, you get just what you were desiring all along… to sit in the best seat, and don’t worry, He already knows you’ve been eyeing it all along (Luke 14:7-11).


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    • steffsings profile image

      steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I was just revisiting this today:

      ...Love others as you love "yourself" (Galatians 5:14) your neighbor as "yourself" (Mark 12:28-31)

      If you don't love & care for you, then what treatment can others expect from you??? (see scriptures above)...

    • gracenotes profile image

      gracenotes 8 years ago from North Texas


      I really like your title, and your photographs too. This hub definitely gives me something to think about.

    • RevLady profile image

      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Like the title, photos, and content of this hub. Thank you.

      Forever His,

    • steffsings profile image

      steffsings 8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Spoken like a true Christian Warrior! I agree self worship,vain glory, pride and the like are all idolatry ATTEMPTING (Cannot ever actually do it) to set itself up higher than God.

      Thank you for your comments.

    • Unchained Grace profile image

      Unchained Grace 8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Meek does not mean weak. We are God's children and not doormats for the world. Joshua was no doormat and neither was Elijah nor Abraham. The Apostle Paul was far from it. Yet, they exuded the inner spirit of Christ. The wisdom, mercy, understanding, compassion, love and discernment which, when used in accordance with God's direction, allows us to both check ourselves and forgive others who trespass against us, for we know that to not do so would result in God not forgiving us our own transgressions.

      Locate, Identify and therefore Neutralize the demonic spirits. Pride is one as are many others. Pride is a direct link to idolatry. We idolize ourselves, believing "We got this." No, you don't "Got this" and you never will on your own.

      Attempting to fight the devil on your own is spiritual suicide. It isn't your battle in the first place. It's God's. Fall back and let Him fight it for you.