Subject: Humility — Watchman Nee

We know that the heavier the load is, the lower the ship sinks; the weightier the fruits, the more bent the branch; and the bigger the tree, the deeper the root. This also is true with the man who has received much grace. He who receives less grace tends to boast of the little he gets. A humble man is one who is full of God’s grace. For God alone can cause one to be humble. Humility is not thinking less of oneself, but is thinking of oneself not at all. Humility is not looking less at oneself, but is looking at oneself not at all. A truly humble person is one who has truly died to himself. If self is not dead, he will inwardly glorify himself even though he may not show it outwardly. Indeed, the heart of a man is deceitful above all things (see Jer. 17.9). 

However, let us see that humility is one thing but timidity is another. These two should not be confused. Man’s own humbleness which comes either from natural temperament or from human effort will always lead to timidity. And the final product will be a flight from responsibility. But true humility in the Lord will not hide under the name of modesty and shun any responsibility. For in the things of God, the truly humble man boldly marches forward on the one hand, and on the other he confesses his own weakness and inability so as to depend on God constantly. “In all thy ways acknowledge him” (Prov. 3.6a). Fearful of standing forth is not humility, rather it is a spiritual defect. How very difficult it is to be humble before the Lord and at the same time bear heavy responsibility. Nevertheless, Philippians 4.13 is truly a trustworthy word here: “I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.” Let us therefore look to the Lord. 

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Take Heed by Watchman Nee.
Take Heed by Watchman Nee