Posted by: everynation | April 6, 2011

Humility (Part 2 of 4)

By Paul Barker

(Note: We are featuring a four-part series on the subject of Humility from Paul Barker’s blog in 2009. We hope you will find this meaningful and encouraging as you live to please and honor God.)

  • Humility is measured by how we respond to correction.

Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to God, and entered the temple to burn incense, a task forbidden to all but the priests. When Azariah confronted him and said, “It is not right for you to burn incense to the Lord,” Uzziah became angry. While he was raging at the priest, leprosy broke out on his forehead. (Excerpted from II Chronicles 26:3-19)

Uzziah had walked with God for a long time. But humility is not measured by how well you have done in the past; it is measured by your current state.

  • Humility is measured by how we respond to human authority figures.

Zedekiah became king at twenty-one. For eleven years God sent messengers to him. But he mocked them and despised their words. So God handed him and all his people over to the Babylonians. His legacy is of a man who would not humble himself when God’s Word came to him in the form of a man.

“He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord.” (II Chronicles 36:12)

  • Humility is measured by how we respond to insult and bad treatment.

When the Syrophoenician woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter, in an effort to promote bold faith in her, Jesus first ignored her and then insulted her saying, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Instead of bristling with resentment, she responded in humility by saying, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” (Matthew 15:22-28)

Jesus left us with an amazing example of humility.

“When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (I Peter 2:23)


Paul Barker is currently the Director of Leadership Development for Every Nation Ministries. He leads the team that produces the ENLI curriculum for North America and that trains vocational ministers to do university and high school ministry.


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