Humility is such a hard concept to apply to life, because my sin nature is all about protecting me and boasting of my incredible accomplishments. Paul set an incredible example when he said that all those accomplishments were like "refuse" in comparison to Jesus. The two apostles would clearly agree on the importance of humility in the lives of God's people. Humility focuses on putting the needs of others ahead of any needs that I may have. It starts at salvation when I bow my knee to Jesus and it continues through my life, as I put Him first and strive to follow His plan for my life. Once I have humbled myself before God, it is much easier to do so with people. He promises to "exalt" those who are humble before Him and reminds us that humility will lead us to take a hard look at our lives and our sin. He calls us to "cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." This is exactly where humility will leads us. James also reminds us that "to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." As we humble ourselves before God, He will show us how to live for Him. When we choose to do the opposite of what He has taught us, we sin! Our only hope is to repent and once again humble ourselves before Him. Have you humbled yourself before the mighty hand of God?

Help me, Lord, to walk humbly with You in all that I do. Help me to repent when I try to retake the throne and to rest in Your ability to "exalt" me in Your perfect time according to Your perfect plan.