“Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
In a world that often elevates self-promotion and pride, Colossians 3:12 offers us a timeless message—one that introduces us to the virtue of humility and its profound impact on our lives.
The problem we face is the temptation to exalt ourselves, seeking recognition and praise from the world around us. Pride can lead us astray, causing division and strife. But Paul’s solution is clear: “Put on humility.” Just as we choose our attire each day, we must intentionally clothe ourselves in the garment of humility.
One biblical character who exemplified this virtue is Moses. Despite his extraordinary leadership and profound encounters with God, Moses remained remarkably humble throughout his life. When faced with the burning bush and God’s call to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses questioned his own abilities and even asked, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?”
Moses’s humility allowed God to work through him in remarkable ways. God rewarded Moses’s humble heart by using him as an instrument of liberation, performing miracles through him, and even speaking to him face to face. Moses’s humility facilitated his close relationship with God and allowed him to lead the Israelites with grace and compassion.
Choosing humility is not about self-deprecation but about recognizing our dependence on God and acknowledging the worth of others. It’s an invitation to set aside our pride, listen with an open heart, and serve with selflessness.
So, how can we choose to be humble in our daily lives? Begin by recognizing that true greatness lies in service and love. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude, acknowledging that everything we have is a gift from God. Practice active listening and empathy, seeking to understand the perspectives of others. Be willing to admit your mistakes and ask for forgiveness when necessary.
As we put on humility, we invite God to work through us just as He did through Moses. Humility opens the door to deeper relationships, divine wisdom, and the transformation of our character. It enables us to live out our identity as God’s chosen ones—holy and dearly loved.