Develop humility
while you master Greek

The Lord can use difficulty of learning Greek to develop our character and conform us to the image of Christ. 

Find out how below.

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Recently, when I posted a video on YouTube focused on a technical aspect of Greek, someone commented that this was the sort of thing they wanted, not things related to sleep (and presumably other habits based topics). So why do I continue to focus on soft skills in addition to technical material? The reason is that I don’t just want to teach people Greek. I also want people to grow in Christlikeness.

Learning the language that God chose to inspire His Word in is an act of worship. Therefore, it requires that we humble ourselves, not only through obedience to the message of Scripture but also through the difficulty of learning the language itself.

Often when Scripture encourages humility, it uses a passive imperative form. For example, in 1 Peter 5:6, we are commanded to (literally) be humbled. Wallace calls this a permissive passive, which is to say that we are to allow the circumstances or in this case the task to humble us. The addition of “under the mighty hand of God” echos of the exodus from Egypt, when God brought the Israelites out from the slavery (Exodus 3:20, 13:3, 9, 14, 16). The recipients of Peter’s letter are currently experiencing the mighty hand of God through persecution and hardship, and are encouraged to submit to this hardship by allowing it to humble them.

Two points of application

The task of learning New Testament Greek may not be as difficult, but it is still a humbling experience, and this is a good thing. So, I want to encourage you to do two things.

1. Allow the process to humble you. Feeling stupid, ignorant, limited, frustrated and inferior is a natural result of a difficult learning process. How you respond to these feelings is important. We can either lean into it and let it correct how we think about ourselves, or we can allow our pride and arrogance to condemn us, telling us we are better or smarter than this. We are what God has made us to be, and we live in the circumstances God has placed us in. He is sovereign over both of these and is using them to change us.

2. Let your humble character show in the way you interact with others, whether in your family, workplace, or wherever. As we recognize our limitations, we will be better able to tolerate the limitations of others. If we have limits, so do others. If we have to learn to live with our limitations, so too others have to live with ours. It is only right that we also live with their limitations. Further, as God has shown us grace, so too we should demonstrate grace to others. If we see our need of grace and the benefits of that grace, we will be more willing to extend it to others. A person who deals harshly with others is someone who is unaware of the kindness and mercy the Lord has shown them.

Humility glorifies the Lord because it recognizes that He alone is God, and that we are dependent on Him. Therefore, the task of mastering Greek can be a tool in the hand of the Lord to develop, not only greater clarity, confidence, efficiency and vitality, but also richer character, and a greater capacity to honor our Lord and savior.

Over the years, as I’ve pursued humility (I haven’t “arrived” yet), I’ve looked for ways to interrogate my heart to discover areas of pride. One helpful resource included signs of pride, and I’ve turned these into 30 questions to help me grow in holiness. I’ve made these 30 questions available for you here, so you too can grow in holiness. To download the questions, just click here and follow the instructions.

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