Humility is not something we can talk about, or think we’re wearing, except in knowing that it is ours in and through Jesus. And not only a gift, but something we’re to learn to walk in through following Jesus by the Spirit. If anyone seriously goes on seeking to follow the Lord, there is no doubt that they will be humbled, and will know humility. I think of humility in terms of having something of God’s perspective on ourselves, which is a rich and diverse thought, all by itself.
There is no such thing as being on top of the world when one seeks to follow Jesus. Actually it is a downward path in a sense, the path of the cross. But in that path is found the power of the resurrection. Paul said it well: “I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. And so somehow to attain to the resurrection of the dead.”
And so when trouble confronts us, or we can’t shake certain demons, we can know in Jesus that God’s hand is on us. That God is at work to make us like his Son. So that we can share in his sufferings, indeed in his humiliation. Together with others in Jesus for the world.