Audacious Humility? When I first heard the expression I thought, “well that’s an oxymoron!” However, after looking up definitions on these words I came to the deep conviction that I want to live my life with audacious humility. Because if I do, my dependence will be fully on Jesus and I will be unstoppable in Him.
When you look at the word audacious you see Mr. Webster describes it as showing a willingness to take a surprising bold risk; and kids I’m here to tell you that walking in humility is a risk; it means that you no longer believe that you are a self-made, hardworking, top of the food chain success and that you are free from pride and arrogance; instead you depend on your creator. This type of humility is grounded in the character of God. He stopped at nothing in humbling Himself, from the manger to the cross; giving grace to the humble and resisting the proud. This is God, who became man for us.
Philippians 2:5-11 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
To truly experience audacious humility, you must exhibit Jesus’ character which means that you don’t just act like Him, but you are like Him; He who demonstrates the most extravagant humility; He was God; He served the lowliest and willingly gave His life up on a criminal’s cross. We must emulate Christ’s example to truly understand this; we must lay our crowns at His feet as this is the realization that it is nothing that we did, but our creator who gave us the capability of using those gifts to do something great and successful. That is where credit is due and will keep us dependent and in a place of audacious humility.
Allow this type of humility to be the remedy to, “pride and arrogance, which comes before the fall.” And, then and only then will you be unstoppable. Philippians 2:3-8 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”
“…an often-overlooked element that turns strength into genuine success is humility. Holding your power, whether physical, financial, intellectual, or political for the good of others, not personal gain. Embracing humility will radically transform your personal relationships, leadership abilities and professional dealings.” John Dickens
I invite you to live this kind of life with me.