Very helpfully CJM gives a number of excellent ideas for the daily mortification of our pride and development of humility in our lives. They are practical, simple and easy to remember – the practice might be a little harder though.
1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross
John Owen, “Fill you affections with the cross of Christ, that there may be no room for sin”
John Stott, “Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to be saying to us, “I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.” Nothing in history or in the universes cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.”
2. Begin your day acknowledging your need for God
CJM, “From the moment I awake I’ve learned to make statements to God about my dependence upon God, and in this way I am humbling myself before God.”
Martyn Lloyd Jones, “Have you realised that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself”
3. Begin your day expressing gratitude to God
Michael Ramsey, “Thankfulness, is a soil in which pride does not easily grow”
CJM, “What would happen if I crossed your path tomorrow morning? Would I encounter someone who was an alert and thankful observer of answered prayer, someone who in a pronounced way was grateful for God’s many mercies”
4. Practice spiritual disciplines
CJM, “Prayer, the study of God’s word and worship. Do this consistently each day, preferably at the day’s outset, if possible. If we’re properly motivated, this will be a daily demonstration and declaration of our dependence on God and our need for him…I’ve found that it is possible for me to charge into my day motivated by self-sufficiency. But I’ve also learned that the very act of opening my bible to read and turning my heart and mind to prayer makes a statement that I need God.”
5. Seize your Commute
CJM, “According to government figures the average american worker commutes about 25 minutes to and from work. That amounts to 50 minutes each day. If you used that time to listen to n audio recording of Scripture you’d get through the whole Bible in only 3 months.
Even if you don’t have a long commute there are countless other segments of time throughout the day – mundane moments – which can be seized as opportunities to experience God’s transforming grace by memorising and meditating on Scripture.”
6. Casting all your cares on him
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
CJM, “When we humble ourselves each morning by casting our cares on the Lord, we start the day free of care. the humble are genuinely free.”
7. Staying charged up
CJM, “We are not like cordless drills, getting charged up in the morning with enough power to last us the rest of the day…Maybe you’ve wondered why your devotions in the morning seem to be effective for only an hour or so. I’ve learned not to expect what I’ve experienced in Bible study in the morning will be sustaining me at two in the afternoon.
Don’t be mistaken, God hasn’t gone anywhere…The issue isn’t God. It’s my pride that resists trusting in Him through dependence upon Him.