“…to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule…”– Philippians 3:16
Humility is not a constant reminder of who you were before regeneration. Living this way dishonors our Savior and His work on the Cross. For it is said to forget that which is behind and to move forward. Paul exhorts us to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Recalling former sins to mind incessantly leads to condemnation. It is a road that renders you trapped, stuck, and immobile. Genuine humbleness is when you realize sin can be easily repeated, but you stay close to Jesus, so they rarely are.
Maturity in Christ comes through the knowledge of His Word and the adherence to it. It is taking on the example of Jesus and becoming of no reputation. It is obedience to the Lord even to the point of death (see Philippians 2:5-11). Christianity’s mature view is to bend our own will and effort in the pursuit of His likeness. To the world, this is extreme, radical, and fanatical. To the believer in Jesus Christ, it is the sanest, logical, and reasonable response to the One who gave His very life.
In this life, we will never attain perfection, yet we must move away from complacency. The pursuit of Christ is what reveals to Christians the fuller knowledge of what is required. That knowledge comes through His Word. The more light given reveals more truth that can be received. And to what degree we have attained God’s revelations, we must walk in that truth. And the truth is, Jesus died on the Cross for you and me. Through His shed blood, God cast all of our sins behind His back, never to be viewed again (Isaiah 38:17). May we no longer recall our sins to mind but only the forgiveness of them. It is then that we can walk in victory, develop in maturity, and live in humility.
“…You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.”– Isaiah 38:17