When we find ourselves humbled by personal flaws or bad decisions, the human response is often to look around, hoping no one has noticed. In this remarkably short book, (less than 100 pages), Murray proposes a different response. When embarrass by our actions or have been humbled, the appropriate response is to embrace the humiliation, just as if it were the cross. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (James 4:10 NLT). While reading this book I had just such an opportunity. My poor business judgment had left me without a job. Though I wanted to contact a colleague and tell him of my need, I caught myself resisting, due to pride. I humbled myself and admitted my need to my friend. Miraculously, his general manager was in town to interview for a new managerial position. I humbled myself and had an interview that day. A month later I had a job that met my financial needs.
“In their spiritual history men may have had times of great humbling and brokenness, but what a different thing this is from being clothed with humility, from having an humble spirit, from having that lowliness of mind in which each counts himself the servant of others, and so shows forth the very mind which was also in Jesus Christ. “Stand by; for I am holier than thou!” What a parody on holiness! Jesus the Holy One is the humble One: the holiest will ever be the humblest. There is none holy but God: we have as much of holiness as we have of God. And according to what we have of God will be our real humility, because humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.”
Murray, Andrew (2012-09-21). Humility (pp. 28-29). Kindle Edition.