It is in complete sincerity that any of must admit our lack of complete dependence upon God. Yet, as Andrew Murray writes, it is dependence upon God that is the place of humility. I am convinced that it is the lack of humility that is the root cause of the many issues that invade our lives today. It is the source of conflict in between believers, the source of conflict between unbelievers, and the source of conflict between people and God. There is a great necessity in all people today, whether believer or not, for a great infusion of humility into their souls for it is with humility that souls are reconciled.
Perhaps at issue is the fact that few of us tend to understand what humility really is. It is a term that falls loosely from our lips, though the sobriety of humility is not underpinned to our intonation of it. Enter the 19th century missionary from South Africa, Andrew Murray. With an ability to bring forth connections so many others overlook combined with an eloquence of words, Murray draws forth full meaning of the term ‘humility’ for all to grow into.
From foundation to finish, Murray draws forth from Scriptural illustrations to impart unto readers both what genuine humility is and the impact it has on one’s life. Beginning with a contrast between humility and pride, the author confronts the false notions one has about the subject by replacing it with the true implications. His sincerity, or perhaps it is better said his humility, with which he writes aides his ability to confront in love.
Upon examining lessons learned from both Christ and the disciples, Andrew Murray brings to light the relationship humility has upon our lives. I would readily agree with his premise that “Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root; a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure.” If one agrees with this notion, then one must also understand that humility then impacts and has a relationship with every other aspect of a person’s life.
This is where Murray’s work becomes profound and insightful for all Christians, because he develops the correlation between humility and various aspects of the Christian life. While the details by which Murray examines those relationships is more finite and descriptive, I would outline this part of his writing with three aspects:
- The relationship between humility and our sin
- The relationship between humility and our faith
- The relationship between humility and our joy in the Lord.
Don’t let these points fool you in their simplicity. Murray does well at extrapolating points for our lives that are seldom understood.
There is much to be said about the need to understand and apply humility. There is much that Andrew Murray does say that needs to be understood and applied to our own lives. It is noted that “the call to humility has been too little regarded in the church because its true nature and importance have been too little apprehended.” Setting a right foundation, Andrew Murray’s book Humility is the place to begin. At just 100 pages, it is not an imposing text to read. It is a book to be read, understood, and applied by each of us.