Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
On the other hand, being purposefully humble is honorable. Humbling ourselves and accepting Christ’s sacrifice gives honor to God and reflects back on us. When we give honor to God we grow spiritually.
We need to stop confusing humiliation with humbleness. When someone humiliates us, sin is prevalent. When we sincerely humble ourselves we do it to honor. When we give respect to the person we are honoring by being humble we can gain respect and grow emotionally.
Humiliation finds its place in sin. For example, our bodies inherently humiliate us because our bodies are inherently sinful. Without the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made taking on humiliation that was rightfully ours, we would never know the expectant honor and glory of our future–new glorified bodies after the death of our flesh.
Self-humiliation on the other hand, can be a stronghold in a believer that binds us to our sinful bodies indefinitely. What can we do to avoid humiliation without negating the benefit of humbleness?
1. Be humble before God — submit to God. Acknowledging a higher power in the persons of God [Father, Son, Holy Spirit]. Submitting to God does not mean submitting to the world and the world’s way of doing things. It is an honor and privilege to be humble before, and submit to, God.
Colossians 2:20-23 If you have died with Christ to the world’s way of doing things, why do you let others tell you how to live? It’s as though you were still under the world’s influence. 21People will tell you, “Don’t handle this! Don’t taste or touch that!” 22All of these things deal with objects that are only used up anyway. 23These things look like wisdom with their self-imposed worship, false humility, and harsh treatment of the body. But they have no value for holding back the constant desires of your corrupt nature.
2. Be subject to Christ Jesus. He did not think it inappropriate to give God, the Father, praise when he was living in a sinful, earthly body. Neither should you.
On the other hand, being true God and man, he lived without sin. As a result, he did not think it inappropriate for his followers to give him praise. We should all give Christ Jesus [God, who came in the flesh] praise and glory for what he has done for us.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life.
Philippians 3:20-21 But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior, 21Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.
3. Expect to be transformed. In this way the humiliation of your earthly, sinful body will someday be transformed into a new, glorious, and better resurrected body to an eternal life of joy with no more weeping, nor pain.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). 43It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. 44It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
4. Don’t be comfortable in, or attached to your own skin. Spend time growing in spirit and conforming to the will of God. Saving your mortal body [exercise, eating well, tending to your dental or medical needs, plastic surgery, etc.] helps with personal hygiene and upkeep, but it will never bring you life everlasting and will eventually perish. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Only Christ [God, who came in the flesh] can give you eternal life.
1 Timothy 3:16 And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [ God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory.
Luke 9:24 For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [ from the penalty of eternal death].
5. Seek to be like Christ. Live in him and let him live through you. He gave himself for your sins. He is the vine. We are the branches. If you stay close to the vine, you won’t be crushed by the discipline of your Heavenly Father which is brought on you because of a sinful life.
Hebrews 12:5-11 My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. MORE