We all appreciate good quality. We grin at good quality and frown at poor quality.
But how do you measure the quality of your life? God measures the quality of our lives using very different standards than we do. God (whose evaluation matters most) doesn’t measure the quality of our lives by our accomplishments or achievements; He does not measure it by success in our vocation or businesses, but by the quality/depth of our relationships (with God and others). Where did I get this? From the greatest Teacher, Jesus Christ. When He was asked what the most important or the greatest commandment in the entire law was, this was His response: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV) In other words, if we obey this one command (we love God wholeheartedly and love others as we love ourselves) we have obeyed the whole Bible. If we miss it, it doesn’t really matter what we have obtained, we’ve missed everything.
So the quality of our lives is measured by the quality of our relationship with God and others. And there is one attitude that makes it possible for us to have a good relationship with God and people, namely, humility. I propose here that humility is the key and pathway to the best quality of our lives.
And what is humility? Humility is first an attitude before it is an action. As Steven Cole rightly said, humility is a matter of how we think before God. It is putting God first and others before me (i.e. valuing others above self, counting others more significant than self). Bible teacher John McArthur said that to “esteem/consider others better than self” is the basic definition of true humility. Humility therefore is acknowledging who God is and that I desperately need Him (and so I give Him His rightful place in my life, surrender to Him and obey Him). Humility is also acknowledging that I need others (and so I regard them as more important than myself). In simpler terms, humility is the opposite of pride, which is the root of all sin we commit.
Point to Ponder
“When someone is humble they are focused on God and others, not self. Even their focus on others is out of a desire to love and glorify God…. A humble person’s goal is to elevate God and encourage others. In short, they “no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” Stuart Scott