Don’t confuse humility with weakness. A person can be in a position of weakness, or forced into submission, and still not have humility. Humility only comes when there is a decision of the will. A strong will can be a positive thing (such as a person deciding not to let difficult circumstances break them and standing strong in the Spirit), but more often than not, the challenge is on the negative side. It can be when pride encourages our will to resist the Lord’s authority in certain areas of our life.
Consider the Roman commander that sent messengers to Jesus with a request for Him to heal his servant. The officer said he wasn’t worthy for Jesus to enter his home, but asked Him to simply speak the words and it would be so. The interesting part is how he framed the request:
“Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one ‘Go’ and he goes; to another, ‘Come’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this’ and he does it.” – Luke 7:7-8 NKJV
The next verse describes how Jesus responded with a great endorsement by saying:
“I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.” – Luke 7:9b NKJV
Even though the man had power, prestige and the authority to command, he recognized the Lord’s supremacy and ultimately that’s what he’s remembered for. How will you view the Lord’s authority today?