Humility doesn't require that we deny our God-given abilities, rights, or needs. It is a posture of the heart that sees ourselves from God's perspective, as servants created and empowered to glorify him through all our gifts and opportunities. It is a desire to love God as God alone deserves, and our neighbors as ourselves. Sometimes, however, loving others as ourselves cuts against our present self-interest. Then we must deny ourselves and embrace the cross with humble submission.
From where do we find strength to do this? Not in our natural powers, which are corrupt with conceit. Instead, we look to the Spirit, through whom we have received the mind of Christ. Our holiness, our humility, is upheld by hope that we are called to a certain glorious end, exceeding temporal honor and pleasure. Humility is the hand by which we trade the pyrite of the present age for the gold of future glory. Hope is the means by which we bear the burden of this world, with the power of the life to come. The mystery of humility is that when we cease grasping at momentary privileges to lay hold of eternal promises, we receive far better treasures in heavenly places.