We move into Book Fifteen of The Desert Fathers, exploring for the next several weeks the theme of humility.
Evagrius said, To go against self is the beginning of salvation (15:15).
Humility is rooted in the surrender of the “self” (the false and fallen self) to God. We inherit a consistent belief from the early Christians that egotism is the originating sin, and that all other forms of sin (thoughts, words, and deeds) arise from it.
In this regard, Christianity does not advocate the annihilation of the self, but rather the abandonment of the self—not the cancellation of the self, but rather the consecration of the self (Romans 12:1). Humility is the result of this kind of commitment.