Monday, December 29, 2008

Preach GRACE till humility just starts to grow

"Christian humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less, as C. S. Lewis so memorably said. It is to be no longer always noticing yourself and how you are doing and how you are being treated. It is “blessed self-forgetfulness.”

...I do hope to clarify, or I wouldn’t have written on the topic at all. But there is no way to begin telling people how to become humble without destroying what fragments of humility they may already possess… 
So let us preach grace till humility just starts to grow in us."

-- Tim Keller in Christianity Today.
ht: Mark Meynell

I guess this amounts to saying, that humility will follow when we start putting the emphasis on God rather than on us. Grace is about salvation, and salvation is from the Lord and not from us.


  1. wow. Keller really has internalised CS Lewis hasn't he - beyond the catchphrases. I stumbled across this old article by Packer on Lewis - i think Keller's caught nearly all of these:

    - pal & pundit
    - icon & misfit
    - intellectual & imaginative
    - theory & practice
    - joy & conversion
    - tao & formation
    - myth & persuasion

    like fresh water.

  2. ..that's a great Packer article in so many ways.

  3. I've been listening to Piper these past couple of mornings on Rom12 and humility being not so much thinking less of yourself, but thinking all of Christ. When asked in heaven, "Are you humble?" Piper says our reply will be, "Christ is all." I've found that helpful!