Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.Numbers 12:3 (NLT)
Many people have wondered (and often joked about) how the supposedly humblest man on earth, would without qualms, come out to declare himself to be the humblest man on earth.
Well, it just may be that God (through Moses) was trying to show us that calling ourselves what God has named us (and walking in the reality of the same) is one of the hallmarks of what humility is.
I mean, think about it. If Moses was truly a proud man, it’s either he would have ignored the move of the Spirit that was prompting him (2 Timothy 3:16) to write down what is now Numbers 12:3 (because, he would have probably been thinking “would people think my humility is legit if i proclaim myself to be humble?”) OR… he would have seized every opportunity across the Pentateuch to remind us of how meek and lowly he was.
Self denigration is not humility. An outward show of respect or reverence is one of the characteristics of humility, but is not all there is to humility. It is possible to wipe the floor with yourself in a superfluous show of respect and reverence, but still have your heart bursting with all forms of animousity towards the personality that was the object of respect and reverence.
Humility has come full circle when you come to the full understanding of your self worth, and the worth of those around you, and when you then treat the people around you with the reverence that is worthy of their importance.
Humility before God is understanding our spiritual poverty- our need of Him, and helplessness outside of Him- and showing by our day-to-day actions our dependence on Him. The one who says he/ she is dependent on God and yet goes through life without seeking the Help and Strength of God (in prayers and in the Word), is saying what they don’t mean, and is not yet humble before God.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others too.Philippians 2:3-4
The humble believer knows that he/she has been blessed with every Spiritual blessing that is available in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), but yet knows that the other members of the body have gifts and offices that he/she needs to be edified and built up (Ephesians 4:10-12). Thus, the humble believer will submit to the building process, and will not hesitate to do what must be done to edify others.
Dear Friend, be humble. And stay humble.