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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray born in Scotland 9 May 1828, and died at age 88, on 18 January 1917. He was a South African writer of 240 books, educationist and Christian pastor. I recently read the book "Humility-The Journey Toward Holiness", written in 1895 by Andrew Murray. This book is a diminutive size book, but a dynamic book for any Christian that is wanting to deepen their Christian growth.
The word humility is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that she is better or more important than others. From the Latin word humilis, meaning low, or from the earth. Wikipedia.

"If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings." Welsh Proverb
"It is always the secure that are humble." G K Chesterton
"Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave." Wilson Mizner
"Nobody stands taller than those willing to be corrected." William Safire
"The man who thinks he can live with out others is mistaken, the one who think others can't live with out him is even more deluded." Hasidic Proverb
"What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself." Abraham Lincoln
"God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, he can make something out of us." Martin Luther

Andrew Murray writes in the book "Humility" that, "humility is not the same as beating yourself up or letting other people put you down. It is not the same as low self esteem, and it is not the opposite of confidence. The truly humble person walks with absolute confidence, knowing that we are simply empty vessels through whom God wants to accomplish His work. When we understand true humility, we understand that it is not about us at all, it is all about God."
Humble people are hard to find; it is apart of our human nature to want what we want, we seek recognition, we have pride and feel a sense of entitlement. To be humble we feel like we have to be like a Mother Teresa to surrender ourselves to care for others, and we must beat back our ego and pride. Andrew Murray writes that it is all much more than that, we are to be "empty vessels through whom God wants to accomplish His work." Humility is observed in the tone of our speech and what words we speak to others, it also is to loose the desire to think well of our self. Humility is to understand that with out God's grace we are nothing, we are completely dependent on it. Murray warns that there is, "no pride so dangerous, so subtle and insidious as the pride of holiness." In reading this book often I had to go back and re-read sentences and even read them aloud, because they are so deep, maybe because to my human mind this word humility does not want to compute. Thanks be to God that I have His Spirit living in me and that I am not at a loss to not understand Spiritual things.

"If you are looking for an example of humility look at the cross." Thomas Aquinas
"Humility is the proper estimate of oneself." Charles Spurgeon
"The more humbler man is in himself, the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace." Thomas A' Kempis
"It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare achievement." Bernard of Clairvaux

I find it interesting that today, the day I would by chance write this post, is Andrew Murray's birthday!

Comments

cathy b. said…
Andrew Murray is one of my favorite authors! Thank you for this meditation on one of his best books. I have "Waiting on God" in my favorites list.
MissDaisyAnne said…
I have several other of his books to read, my stack of books to read is getting taller!