It’s possible for us to set a personal standard of humility, and think that we are humble. The result is that we live with pride that the Lord hates. Scripture clearly tells us, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6), and “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not be unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5).
This is a great danger that we could think we are walking in humility, but actually be full of pride. I have seen that being humble once or twice can make me actually feel proud of being humble! I see the need to dwell in humility always. If I am sensitive enough, I will recognize that when I do not have grace, it is because I am lacking humility. Then I must repent and humble myself before the Lord, in order to receive His grace. Without Him I can do nothing that pleases Him. Many times I fail to recognize that I am proud because I am able to accomplish things in the flesh – even seemingly “good” works – and remain satisfied with that. But if I seek to do things that please the Father and are of eternal value, then I will see my tremendous need of God’s grace, which I can only receive if I am humble.
Am I satisfied with the good works that I do, and the approval of other Christians? Or, am I seeking to be truly humble and receive grace to live this life of obedience, pleasing our Father in heaven alone?
Jesus, our Forerunner, lived His life on earth in perfect humility before the Father. For example, we see in Matthew 26, that before Jesus was captured by the guards, He took His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane and asked them to watch and pray with Him.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross
May we not be deceived in these last days, but seek to have the humility that was in Jesus Christ. Then we will receive grace and favor from God to live this life pleasing to Him as a living sacrifice.