5 Practical Ways to Cultivate Humility


Tonight I will be preaching on Isaiah 66:1-2 to our Student Ministry students and staff. My desire is that we would see that God does not simply want us to DO the right things, although he does want that. What is more important is that we are doing the right things WITH the right heart: a heart of humility before God. 

A heart that sees him for who he is and bows before him as Lord. In the desire to help our students and staff strive for humility practically, I will be handing out a list of "5 Practical Ways to Cultivate Humility." I share it here for your benefit. 

1. Cultivate Humility Everyday:

  • Memorize and meditate on Scripture.
  • Reflect on the humbling wonder of the cross of Christ.

2. Cultivate Humility Every Morning:

  • Begin your day by acknowledging your dependence on God today.
  • Ask for his help today to walk in humility. 
  • Read your Bible and pray before you start your day. Journal notes.
  • Seize your commute time to memorize and meditate on Scripture.

3. Cultivate Humility Every Night:

  • At the end of each day, “transfer the glory to God.” Give him the credit for any successes, compliments, or achievements of yours today. 
  • Thank Him for what He did in your life today.
  • Have a devotional or a bible next to your bed to briefly read before going to sleep. This will give your mind something to meditate on as you fall asleep, rather than letting it wander. 
  • Finally before sleep, remind yourself that God never sleeps and you must.

4. Cultivate Humility With A Special Study:

  • Study the attributes of God in scripture.
  • Study the doctrines of grace in scripture.
  • Study the doctrine of sin in scripture.
  • Memorize the Gospel from scripture.

5. Cultivate Humility With Others:

  • Identify evidences of grace in others.
  • Look for opportunities to encourage others.
  • Look for opportunities to serve others.
  • Invite and pursue criticism from others.

For all of these, we could tag bible verses on to show that these are biblical ideas, and not just Jason's ideas. But the idea here is simply to give a practical framework of some practices that would help to cultivate humility. 

The idea for this list was originally taken from my notes as I read C.J. Mahaney's book, Humility: True Greatness, although this list now differs significantly from his original. To read this book, which I would highly recommend, you can purchase it here on Amazon.