Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. – Colossians 2:23 📖

In this verse Paul introduces this idea of false humility. Common teaching on humility is that it’s ‘I’m just a sinner saved by grace.’ I could do nothing if it wasn’t for Christ in me. We think by putting ourselves down we are lifting up Christ. This is actually false humility.

False humility depletes our view of ourself. We would rather see ourselves as worthless than having anything great in us. False humility will kill your dreams because you will view them as selfish ambition. It’s better to stay in the shadows than to be up front.

False humility is actually a negative reaction to selfish ambition. Selfish ambition is also wrong, but instead of not going after your dreams; it goes after dreams at the expense of others around you. It’s not the dreams that are wrong, but how we go about achieving them.

What is True Humility

God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble. – James 4:6 📖

True humility is important to the Lord. God opposes the proud and exalts the humble. So, what is pride and what is humility?

Pride is the life that is lived apart from God. It says I don’t need God. This can be lived by the Christians and non-Christians alike. While Christians may have humbled themselves in relation to salvation, we may have remained prideful when it comes to work, relationships, money, etc.

Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life. – Proverbs 22:4 📖

Humility is the fear of the Lord. It recognizes the need of God in every area of your life. It is not that we can do nothing without Him, but we don’t want to do anything apart from Him. We only have to look around the world and see people can do amazing things without God, but humility says I don’t want to step out without God in everything I do.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself;
it’s submission to God.

Can Humility Really Look Like This?

Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. – Numbers 12:3 📖

Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. He fought with God. He fought with the people. He stood up to people trying to take over his leadership. He fully followed the dream in his heart, yet the Bible says he is the most humble of men.

Better yet, Moses wrote this passage that says he was the humble. I thought that was the proof of not being humble?

Humility is not thinking less of yourself;
it is thinking of yourself as God thinks of you.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14 📖

If we are to love one another as we love ourselves, and we don’t love ourselves well, how does that really fulfill the law? In order to really obey the command of God, we need to love ourselves immensely and then love others with that same passion.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself;
but only thinking of yourself the way God thinks of you.