What It Means To Be Humble

Being humble is not a matter of pretending to be worthless, but is a form of realism, not only regarding the real badness of one’s sins and stupidities and the real depth of one’s dependence on God’s grace, but also regarding the real range of one’s abilities. Humble believers know what they can and cannot do. They note both their gifts and their limitations, and so are able to avoid both the unfaithfulness of letting their God-given powers lie fallow and the foolhardiness of biting off more than they can chew.

J. I. Packer, A Passion for Faithfulness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995), 48.

Christ Condescends To Wash Our Feet

If one worm be a little exalted above another, by having more dust, or rather a bigger dunghill, how much does he make of himself! What a distance does he keep from those that are below him! And a little condescension is what he expects should be made much of, and greatly acknowledged. Christ condescends to wash our feet; but how would great men, (or rather bigger worms,) account themselves debased by acts of far less condescension!

Jonathan Edwards, The Excellency of Christ