Proud to be Humble
“There is a humility that proceeds from the soul and a humility that proceeds from the spirit. The humility of the soul is so proud to be humble, while the humility that proceeds from the spirit, is too humiliated to be proud.”
How did I come up with this?
I was chatting with a friend recently and we were discussing the fruit of the soul as compared with the fruit of the Spirit. They so closely resemble that it is incredibly easy to pass off one for the other. However, knowing that these fruit have such twin-like characteristics, we should be more compelled to scrutinize them until we see the difference. For there is definitely a difference! As identical as twins may seem, there is always some little thing that a determined eye could identify that distinguishes one from the other.
The bible tells us that our righteousness is as filthy rags… Hmmm… That means that there is a righteousness that belongs to us; that proceeds from our soul and a righteousness that proceeds from God. No matter how well we were brought up; No matter how well-cultured we are, there is no way that our righteousness could begin to compare with that of a Holy God. He says, they are no better than filthy rags. What a disappointment for many who pride themselves on their superior behavioral crusades. Our righteousness though apparently perfect to the naked eye, once placed under the microscope of intense situations and circumstances; of trials and grievous testings, tend to reveal the counterfeit nature that coats the surface of souls. It’s not authentic!
Satan is so aware of this truth, that he challenged God to allow him to test Job. He was certain that what Job had was counterfeit. If it was, he knew that touching his possessions; touching his family; touching his health would, have revealed his true nature. To his disappointment, Job was able to withstand all of his punches. His righteousness was not his own. I am sure that even Job was not sure whether what he possessed proceeded from his soul or spirit because they resemble so closely, but the test revealed it. We should ask God to reveal it to us.
It’s like the wheat and the tares spoken of in the Bible (Matthew 13:24-30). They look identical until fruit-bearing time. At fruit-bearing, the grain of the wheat weighs down the plant and it bows, almost in humility, while the tare never brings forth any grain. Its stands upright and proud regardless of the season. There will always be a season when that which is of God and that which is of our souls will be revealed.
Amazingly, the revelation of any truly authentic godly virtue in us, never brings us to a place of ecstatic jubilance because of our achievement, but instead it brings us to a sober realization that our God is so awesome and we owe everything to Him. The revelation pushes us to our knees and forces the fragrance of worship to burst from our lips. We find ourselves bowing humbly before Him, rather than pumping our fists. If it doesn’t bring such a response, then it may have proceeded from out soul, lead by our flesh. Counterfeit virtues are no good, so we should seek the real fruit that comes from His Spirit, to our spirit and transforms our soul.
This brings me to my opening statement… “There is a humility that proceeds from the soul and a humility that proceeds from the spirit. The humility of the soul is so proud to be humble, while the humility that proceeds from the spirit, is too humiliated to be proud.”
Soulish humility needs to be praised, while spiritual humility will shun the very idea of praise. When we see ourselves; our flesh, in the light of His holiness, our first instinct is to fall on our faces. We abhor the filthy rags that once seemed like the finest silk in our eyes just moments before. It is the best humiliation we could ever experience, because it is evidence that our eyes have been opened and we have beheld His Glory!
Just a thought!