In Galatians 6:3 we read “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

Likewise, in the book of Luke, Jesus tells a parable. He says that when we are invited to a wedding feast, we should take the lowest seat, not considering ourselves above anyone else. If we don’t, and instead take a place of honour (which is what Jesus witnessed the Pharisees doing and why he told this parable), the host may come and ask us to move down the table, leaving us humiliated. But if we take the least important seat, we may be asked to move to a more important seat, leaving us feeling honoured – Luke 14:11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Being humble, or meek (a word often used in the bible to refer to humility), can often be misconstrued as weakness by today’s standards. But Jesus consistently showed humility by giving credit to God, his Father, for his works, rather than taking credit himself. He used his works to serve others, never himself.

If we are not humble, we can become self-seeking, carrying out works for our own pride. It is easy for us to feel superior when we excel at something … and affronted when we do not.

So, appreciating others more than ourselves is the basic definition of true humility, putting the needs of others before our own, not being continually concerned with our own ideas and desires. With this comes great reward; “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2