How To Be Humble | Make Jesus The Center of My Life

There is much advice flying around about how to be humble, but the true path to humility is following the Master of humility – make Jesus the center of my life.

When you submit to God in His most profound command to love His Son, Jesus Christ, you will find many doors opened to you including living your life in a way that is serving to God and others with humility.

Pride is a terrible and dangerous thing that can turn us into self-centered jerks oftentimes not very liked or respected by others even if they don’t voice their disdain.

Pride is also the reason so many turn away from Jesus and believe they are better off on their own – how lonely is this existence to be so far apart from God?

 

How to be Humble QuoteThe Necessity of Practicing Humility

1 Timothy 4:7-8

7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

 

Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness and always with humility exercise your faith.

“No one is naturally humble, but pride comes to us as easily as sleeping or smiling…just as pride comes so naturally so does arrogance. Humilities opposite is arrogance, not pride. Though the virtue of humility is occasionally praised in remote acknowledgments, the reality of our fame addled and power hungry existence today means that arrogance is rewarded and humility is ignored.” (David Bob)

You cannot effectively minister for Christ and ignore humility.

Jesus said, if you follow me, the first order of business is to deny the self.

The self dies a slow death and knowledge works against you, puffing up in arrogance.

Self denying humility is essential and necessary to grow in faith.

 

Be A Servant To God and To Others

Mark 10:42-45

42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

Don’t expect to be served like everyone else and always consider the plank in your own eye before pointing out the speck in your brethrens.

 

Philippians 2:3

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

Be humble enough to study the Bible, to pray on your knees and to give encouraging comments to your spouse, your children and your parents.

God has a way of bringing you down to size and curbing your need for self-centeredness so that you look out for the interests of others.

Forget yourself long enough to help others get ahead.

This is what Jesus did for us by coming down from heaven to be among us and to be scorned and to die in atonement for our misdeeds that we would be saved.

Forgiving someone for their issues against you is an act in humility.

Being a comfort to someone who is distressed is an act of humility.

 

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Be Humble Before The Throne of GodBe An Example As A Servant of Christ

1 Peter 5:1-4

1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

 

We don’t really understand the dangers of pride and arrogance or the power in humility.

Pride is behind all lack of love, all indifference to the needs of others and their feelings and their weaknesses.

Pride is the source of all hasty and critical judgments, all manifestations of temper, all touchiness and irritation and all feelings of bitterness and unforgiveness.

The place to be humble is in your mind and your heart, but not worn on your sleeve.

God has called us to be bold and courageous in Christ, but that doesn’t mean to be obnoxious, walk over other people and to hurt others.

We are nothing in ourselves apart from Christ, but with Him we can do anything, even learn to be humble.

 

Ephesians 3:12

12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

 

Ask God to use you to help someone else and to make you into an example of a servant of Christ.

 

Hebrews 4:15-16

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Give the Glory to God

Anything we are able to do is not of our own abilities and knowledge, but what it is that Christ is doing through us.

 

Isaiah 14:12-15

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

When we lift ourselves up by being self-centered with all kinds of I statements like the devil, God is fully capable of bringing us back low in its due season.

Remember to give the glory to God for everything good that is going on in your life.

To show your gratitude for what God’s goodness has done for you go out and be a blessing to someone else.

Then you will be exercising in true Godly humility.

Don’t think that your talent should give you something, but remember that character is essential.

If you wait for God’s perfect timing, then your blessings will come when you are ready to be accepting in Godly humility giving God the glory.

 

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Church Bell to Call SinnersSeek to Be Pleasing to God

Hebrews 11:6

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

If you diligently seek God in humility, your reward is on the way.

Get up every day and ask God what can you do for Him.

 

James 4:6

6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 

It is by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit working in you that empowers you to be a gracious light to the world.

Every day you can have an empowering attitude where Christ is the center and this will keep you humble.

 

1 Peter 5:5

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

 

Pray to God to put away your pride and humble you.

If you feel this idea of being humble is beyond your reach, just remember that you can do nothing and you are nothing without God and God wants you to make Jesus the center of your life.

Do not desire anything – power, riches or fame, that you cannot handle in humility and still make Jesus the center of your life.

True humility is knowing what you are not, but also knowing who you are in Christ.

Forgiveness of those who have hurt you is one of the most humble things you can do.

 

Reference: Dr. Charles Swindoll, Dallas Theological Seminary

Reference: Joyce Meyer Sermons

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Did this post help you better understand that being humble is crucial to making Jesus the center of your life?

God Bless You,

Alexander

 

Alexander, Believer and Follower of Christ

Hi Ladies and Gents, I am a born again Christian who attends Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, CO. I really enjoy blogging about the Lord because it helps me to improve as a Christian. I hope you find my articles helpful if you are thinking of becoming a Christian or want to be a better Christian. Blessings.

Comments 16

  • I agree when you say “Anything we are able to do is not of our own abilities and knowledge”. I believe in always giving thanks for everything you have. I also always believe to get what you want in this world you have to help others get what they want.When we all are helping each other to  get what they want we all win and it all starts with humility.

    • Yes, Tony, being a servant of Christ and others is key to being humble and blessed.

      Everything we are and have is a testament to the glory of God. If we can stay focused this way we can stay humble.

      Thank you for your comment and God Bless You

  • Hey Alexander,

    I liked this article on humility.  Being humble is one of the hardest things to be.  We’re in a world where everything is focused around ‘me’ or ‘I’, and you can really get caught up in it.  As a Christian, it is just so important to be focused on Jesus, which I have a hard time with sometimes.  When you do, you’re lifted up from the mess of this world. 

    I have used one of your suggestions about getting up and asking God what I can do for Him.  I don’t do that near enough and really need to start applying that more in my life.  Thanks for a great article!

    Lynn

    • Hi Lynn, thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      What helps me is having ques like getting up every morning and reading devotionals in my email helps me to remember to pray and be thankful. Listening to Thru The Bible as I’m relaxing before bedtime is so great to be connected to the Word of God. Then Worship Service on the weekends at my Church for more praying and thanksgiving.

      The world is very focused and promoting of self-centeredness and if we listen too much to the media it can really bring you down.

      Christ be with you

  • this is a lovely post written from the heart, it is true what you say about pride, it can prevent people from acknowledging things.

    Forgiveness helps you grow especially as you mention forgiving someone for having issues against you as this is a big step in forgiveness if it’s caused hurt and upset. I have done this and felt so happy after I forgave. 

    • Forgiving is such a relief. So glad you tackled this issue and won.

      It takes a big person to set aside pride and resentment and truly forgive.

      Thank you for your comment, Darren, and God Bless You.

  • This is a very inspiring and educational post. I believe that if more people forgot themselves in the earnest and sincere service of others and humbly made God a part of their daily lives through the development of faith in His love for us, there would be a lot more happy and serene people in the world. By insisting on making ourselves the center of everything, we are limiting our horizons and the possibility to more fully express God’s love and what He has intended for us. While we seem to be living at a time when he who shouts the loudest wins, don’t fret. Humbly serve and let your actions and results speak for themselves. Create in the humble knowing that you do not do any of that alone, and your life will be a continuous source of joy, love and inspiration. 

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Norman, thank you for your inspiring comment.

      You have a real good grasp on faith and it is too bad this new self centered new age religion is being propagated all over by people like Oprah Winfrey, which is rejecting of the truth of Christ and I feel sad for people who fall for it.

      Making Christ the center of our lives is the real path to true humility and service to others with the right kind of attitude and heart.

      It is no wonder that it is a historical fact that wherever Christianity thrives so does peace and prosperity thrive and like you say ‘happy people’ who are content in the arms of God.

      God Bless You

  • You’ve written a very thoughtful article, Alexander. Imagine a world filled with people who are humble rather than prideful! You have provided excellent guidance for anyone seeking that path. I love the video clip you included with your article as well. What a personable young man! Best wishes as you share your love of Jesus through your blogging.

    • Yes, Cheri, I was very impressed by the young man in the video. He totally gets it and it is inspiring to see faith and humility in a young person.

      Pride is an ugly beast that must be beaten down all the time and we can pray to Jesus to help us break down any pride in us.

      Thank you for your encouraging comment and God Bless You.

  • Interesting article and it’s going to be interesting the way you handle my response.  I agree with the message here that we can’t help ourselves or others if we allow our ego to control our lives. Our ego wants to boast and be the best and while a person’s caught up in that way of life there’s no room for being of help to someone else.  That ego is like the little devil on your shoulder screaming for you to only think about yourself and no one else!  Taking a moment of meditation, reflection or prayer, getting in touch with your true self, God, will drown out ego and allow us to live our intended life!

    • Hi Suzette, thank you for your comment.

      I’m not so sure about what ‘being in touch with my true self’ means, but I prefer to be connected to the truth of Jesus. Studying the Word of God helps with knowing the Lord of peace and truth.

      Ego or pride in self is easy to get puffed up, but knowing that I am nothing and can do nothing without the grace of Christ keeps me centered on Him.

      I am coming out with another article soon about knowing God’s purpose for our lives. The ultimate purpose that God has for all is to accept His Son, Jesus, to secure our eternal salvation in Heaven near God by the grace and power of the blood of Christ.

      Christ be with you

  • As a fellow Christian, I totally agree with a lot of these points. I think that the point you make about being a servant to others is probably my favorite way of gaining Christlike humility. When we begin to truly serve others we naturally forget about ourselves and become humble almost automatically! Which is your personal favorite of the methods you’ve listed? Thanks for sharing. 

    • Serving others is critical, Danny, but also giving reverence to and seeking God’s Word and sometimes praying to God on our knees can help greatly in nourishing our humility towards God and others.

      Thank you for your comment and good question. God Bless You

  • Humility is extremely important in everyday life. People who harbor pride have lots of problems in relationships: whether personal or professional. I love the passages you included because they show true humility which is not looking at others as worth more than yourself, but instead, it’s respecting others as equal to yourself and loved by God.

    • Actually, Tiffany, we should think of ourselves as more lowly than others, not equal, which can be hard to do sometimes…

      Philippians 2:3

      3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

      It is hard for me personally to try to remember that even those who reject Christ are loved by God, but I do hold out hope for them that they will change their minds someday.

      Dealing with big egos in family or at work can be such a chore. I didn’t really mention patience in this article, but I think patience and humility are kind of close cousins.

      Christ be with you, Tiffany, and thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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