Humility is not concerned with how I appear among people. It’s not concerned about whether people respect me or not. Humility does not stand upright and sticks out its chest to demand public approval. But humility instructs me to instead, in every social context, to say, “How can I serve you?”, “How can I love you?”, “How can I lay down my life before you?”
Humility is not modesty. Modesty is what people see about me, but humility is what God sees in me. Humility has nothing to do outward appearance, but everything to do with inner reality. It is the inner reality of how I perceive myself in light of who God is and in light of living with others.
Do I really consider others better than myself? Do I really have the mind of Christ?
And what exactly is the mind of Christ? In the context of humility, this is the mind of Christ that I must learn:
And Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20