Christianity 201

October 30, 2018

Andrew Murray on Humility

Today I was led to consider publishing an excerpt from the writing of Andrew Murray, and in preparation for this, I read several different excerpts on several different websites. I settled on this one. It appears at the website Soul Shepherding with a longer introduction, so again, you’re encouraged to click the title below and read this at source.

Jesus’ Humility: The Beauty of Holiness

Humility in the Life of Jesus

An Excerpt from Humility: The Beauty of Holiness by Andrew Murray (written in 1896).

In the Gospel of John we have the inner life of our Lord laid open to us. Jesus speaks frequently of his relation to the Father, of the motives by which he is guided, of his consciousness of the power in which he acts. Though the word humble does not occur, we shall nowhere in Scripture see so clearly where his humility consisted…

In Jesus we shall see how both as the Son of God in heaven, and as man upon earth, he took the place of entire subordination, and gave God the honor and the glory which is due to him. And what he taught so often was made true to himself: “He who humbles himself shall be exalted.” As it is written [of Jesus], “He humbled himself! therefore God highly exalted him.”

Jesus Said, “I Am Nothing, the Father is Everything.”

Listen to the words in which our Lord speaks of his relation to the Father, and see how unceasingly he uses the words not, and nothing, of himself. The not I, in which Paul expresses his relation to Christ [“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20], is the very spirit of what Christ says of his relation to the Father. [In the words of Paul, Jesus’ attitude is, “I live, yet not I, but the Father lives in me.”]

  • The Son can do nothing of himself” (John 5:19).
  • I can of my own self do nothing; My judgment is just, because I seek not my own will” (John 5:30).
  • I receive not glory from men” (John 5:31).
  • I have come not to do my own will” (John 6:38).
  • My teaching is not mine” (John 7:16).
  • I have not come of myself” (John 7:28).
  • I do nothing of myself” (John 8:28).
  • I have not  come of myself, but He sent me” (John 8:42).
  • I seek not my own glory” (John 8:50).
  • The words that I say, I speak not from myself” (John 14:10).
  • The word which you hear is not mine” (John 14:24).

These words open to us the deepest roots of Christ’s life and work. They tell us how it was that the Almighty God was able to work his mighty redemption work through him. They show what Christ counted the state of heart which [fit] him as the Son of the Father… He was nothing, that God might be all… Of his own power… will… glory… mission… works… teaching… he said, It is not I; I am nothing; I have given myself to the Father to work; I am nothing, the Father is all.

Jesus’ Humility Before God Made Him Humble Before People Too

This life of entire [self-relinquishment], of absolute submission and dependence upon his Father’s will, Christ found to be one of perfect peace and joy. He lost nothing by giving all to God. God honored his trust, and did all for him, and then exalted him to his own right hand in glory.

And because Christ had thus humbled himself before God, and God was ever before him, he found it possible to humble himself before people too, and to be the Servant of all. His humility was simply the surrender of himself to God, to allow him to do in him what he pleased, whatever people around him might say of him or do to him…

The Indwelling Christ Makes us Humble

We must learn of Jesus, how he is meek and lowly if heart. He teaches us where true humility takes its rise and finds its strength — in the knowledge that it is God who works all in all, that our place is to yield to him in perfect resignation and dependence, in full consent to be and to do nothing of ourselves. This is the life Christ came to reveal and to impart — a life to God that came through death to sin and self. If we feel that this life is too high for us and beyond our reach, it must but the more urge us to seek it in him; it is the indwelling Christ who will live in us this life, meek and lowly…

Every child of God… is nothing but a vessel, a channel, through which the living God can manifest the riches of his wisdom, power, and goodness. The root of all virtue and grace, all faith and acceptable worship, is that we know that we have nothing but what we receive, and bow in deepest humility to wait upon God for it.

It was because this humility was not only a temporary sentiment, wakened up and brought into exercise when he thought of God, but was the very spirit of his whole life, that Jesus was just as humble in his intercourse with people as with God… He never for a moment thought of seeking his own honor, or asserting his power to vindicate himself. His whole spirit was that of a life yielded to God to work in…

Study the Humility of Jesus

Study the humility of Jesus as the very essence of his redemption, as the very blessedness of the life of the Son of God, as the only true relation to the Father, and therefore as that which Jesus must give us if we are to have any part with him…

Friend, are you clothed with humility? Ask your daily life. Ask Jesus. Ask your friends. Ask the world. And begin to praise God that there is opened up to you in Jesus a heavenly humility of which you have hardly known, and through which a heavenly blessedness you possibly have never yet tasted can come into you.


1 Comment »

  1. Yes, immersing ourselves in the gospel scenes, we learn of the humility of Jesus…he set the example…great post!

    Comment by MicheleMariePoetry — October 30, 2018 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

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