Humility of the Saints

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Colossians 2:6-7, 9-10

In contrast to the pride of hypocrites is the humility of the saints. To put on Christ is to increase in the understanding of the fallen heart’s condition apart from Him. All the vices are native to the heart of fallen humanity. The greater the knowledge of God’s goodness in the saints’ hearts, the more they know that their very best apart from God is not good enough. They know that such a good degenerates and does not stand the test of time. In choosing to fear God rather than others, they opt for inner integrity, a change from the inside out that ends in fullness of being. [1]

This humility of the saints is real freedom, a personal integrity grounded in Christ. To recognize what we would be apart from Him — while going on to be built up in — Him saves us from pride. The humble are free and genuine, original saints who can live and love unselfconsciously. Humility energizes us to continue the steep ascent to our glorious destiny, and to care for those who join us on the way.

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for descending to our lowest lows so that we could be raised to Your highest heights. Give us grace to expose our sin and struggles to You and to those You’ve provided to help us stay true. In Your mercy, deliver us from any empty persona pride would erect. Grant us greater humility, gracious Lord.

[1] Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer (Grand Rapids, Hamewith Books, 1994), 50.
Painting: Alexandre Bida, Christ and the Pharisees, 1874.