In his brief but helpful book Humility: True Greatness, C.J. Mahaney quotes John Sott on the humbling effect of Christ’s cross.
Our humility can often be measured by how much time we have spent at the foot of the cross. There is no flame of human pride to fan while communing with other beggars in worship at the cross.
“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 universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-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.” – John Stott
C.J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness (Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2005), 67.