The Chaos of Humility
Humility, for many of us, might just be mild-mannered niceness. We like to think of it all buttoned up and soft-spoken, cloaked in the quiet gray sweater his grandmother made, sitting by the modest fireplace of a friend’s home, patiently greeting and warming a crowded room of other virtues. Humility, as we might picture him, is the unnoticed nice guy who deflects all the praise and makes everyone else feel good.
But maybe we should reconsider.
For the Christian, virtue is better called “fruit,” and rather than be the revenue of our self-righteousness, it’s actually the produce of the Spirit’s power. And rather than rely on our own societal assumptions for its definition, we can actually look to where it was personified. We can see the Who of humility.
His name, of course, is Jesus. The Gospels paint for us the scene, and then Paul’s letter to the Philippians gives…