From C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity:
Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody.
Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.
This got me thinking.
In today’s Christian culture, pride is masqueraded as humility. We’ve gotten better at pretending. We can fool people into believing that we’re not that impressed with ourselves, but the heart of the matter is that we are. Especially as Christians.
As Christians, because we know the truth that we are saved by grace and are eternally secure, we feel that we have an entitlement to being better than everyone else. We wouldn’t come right out in say it, but we think it and we believe it. But it shows in the way we live. Here’s how: We’re not evangelistic, we’re pious (read self-righteous), we’re selfish, and we’re apathetic towards others. All the while lowering our heads just a bit and saying ” I’m just a sinner, saved by grace.” Giving people the false assumption that we possess humility and that we understand our position before God.
If we truly understood our position before God, we would fall to our knees and thank Him for His grace. If we truly understood grace, we would be amazed that He calls us His. Knowing that the only position that we have before Him is given by Him, and that apart from the kind intention of His will (Eph. 1:5), is the only reason we can call ourselves His. That should humble us.