Want More Humility? Try These Questions

This post is a very practical exercise in humility. Below are reflection questions designed to produce reflection on our pride and humility. Take a few seconds on each one and if it seems to apply then ask God to help you see yourself more clearly. If you discover something out of order then express your desire and commitment to change to God.

  1. How willing am I to recognize when I could use the help of others?
  2. How willing am I to seek help once I recognize that I could use it?
  3. How willing am I to admit weaknesses or faults?
  4. Do I honestly seek greater awareness of my sinfulness from God?
  5. When I see my faults do I beat myself up or humbly and thankfully accept who I am before God?
  6. Do I get angry with my faults because I want to think of myself as more mature than I really am?
  7. How much time do I spend worrying about my image or what others think of me? Why do I do this?
  8. How does my humility compare to the Son’s humility in coming to earth?
  9. How much do I desire to share in Christ’s sufferings and dishonor?
  10. How much do I think of myself as a student, a messenger and a servant?
  11. How often do I think of myself as needy before God?
  12. In conversations do I think more about my ideas or about what others are saying?
  13. In pursuing spiritual maturity am I becoming self-absorbed and overly concerned about my perception of how mature I am?
  14. How happy am I when others are praised for things that I want to excel in?
  15. How often do I look for ways to honor others?
  16. How does my personality type influence my pursuit of humility?
  17. Do I long to find spiritual counselors who can help me mature?
  18. Do I welcome criticisms of myself and suggestions for improvement?
  19. When I am neglected, forgotten or rejected do I view this as an opportunity to learn more humility and faith?
  20. When I fail, do I view this as an opportunity to learn more humility and faith?
  21. Have I reached a point in my life where I am broken, so that I realize I can’t depend on myself for living but must depend fully on God?
  22. Do I spend a lot of time dwelling on the faults of others?
  23. Do I get angry with the faults of others instead of humbly remembering who I am and showing mercy to others?
  24. Do I easily acknowledge that I need others in order to mature?
  25. Do I generally consider others more important than myself?
  26. Do I consider myself lacking in humility?

Author: Phil Rehberg

The host of the Tozer Seminary Deeper Life blog is Phil Rehberg. He created and develops the Meat for Maturity spiritual formation website (www.meatformaturity.org) which includes a weekly blog and extensive resources for learning and teaching spiritual formation (i.e. Christian maturity). He also teaches and coaches students at A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary in Redding, California where he is an adjunct professor in spiritual formation. He published two books: The Road to New Life and Flourish: A Guide to Your Growth in God’s Community. Phil focuses his studies on the biblical theology of spiritual growth, the history of Christian spirituality, and learning from the classic Christian teachers of spiritual growth. He is currently working on a new book on Christian growth titled The Christlike Creed. Phil has a J.D. from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and an M.A. in Leadership with emphasis on spirituality from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, which included classes in spirituality from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot Seminary.

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