Humility ultimately begins when I realize that I can do nothing apart from Christ. His supernatural empowering of his children through the Holy Spirit is what enables me to accomplish anything of eternal significance. The moment we take our eyes off of that, our spiritual lives become a show meant for the entertainment of ourselves and others. Humility, therefore, is having Christ as the most important thing in your life and living in light of that truth.
This humility ultimately affects everything we do. It drives us to our knees in prayer more often. It leads us to study Scripture more deeply, and it drives us into Gospel conversations where our old nature would have said that it would be too awkward. See, understanding how lost we were and how much Jesus saved us from, shapes everything that we do as individuals and as a church. Right living begins with right thinking. King David understood that he needed God’s help to accomplish anything. Read this passage from Psalm 57:12–13
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Our everything depends on understanding that we are nothing without the Lord. So, how do you determine what you think about your need for Christ? You look at your actions. Are you spending time in prayer and Scripture reading? Are you spending time admitting your need for Jesus and his salvation?
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.