“The Necessity of Humility”

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross… (Philippians 2:8)

When we consider the above verse it does us well to know that the word we translate as humbled is by definition humiliated. Christ became a man and humbled Himself, humiliated Himself. Our Lord Jesus willingly left His privileged place and preeminent position in heaven, and became a man, to identify with man and to substitute Himself for man, by dying on the cross in the place of man. In Christ’s case it was a humiliating thing to simply become a man, let alone endure the hostility of mortal man. Nevertheless, He did so out of the love in His heart for the unlovable.

When a person accepts Jesus Christ it is God’s desire that they be transformed into the image of Christ. This being the case, it is the Father’s full intent that every one of His children possesses the quality of humility, as did His Son. Our problem lies within the fact that we are naturally inclined to pride and not humility. Knowing that our flesh resists humility and gravitates toward pride God allows into our lives humiliation, for humiliation, if accepted, is often the key that unlocks the door to humility. And humility is the causeway that leads to holiness. And holiness is what He demands and commands. “Be ye holy as I am holy” Jehovah imploredIsraelthrough His prophet Moses, and “Be ye holy” was Peter’s cry in his epistle to those New Testament saints dispersed by hostility and humiliated for their faith in the Humbled One.

It is my observation that most people’s live swing on a pendulum from no ambition to selfish ambition. No ambition is sloth. Selfish ambition is pride. Neither gives any glory to God. Our heart should be that we would be all that God would have us to be. Big or small is not the issue. That we are not fearful, faithless, slothful or prideful is. Our enemy is pride. It is crushed by humiliation if humiliation is embraced and given room to accomplish its work.

Pride is the oldest and most common of sins, yet humility is the rarest and most beautiful of graces. Jesus proclaimed, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and you will find rest for your souls.” Lowliness, not prosperity or power, leads to rest. What an unnatural yet liberating truth. In light of this, let us not run, hide, lie or fight in the face of humiliation. Instead, for humility and lowliness of heart let us labor. For meekness let us pray. Our knowledge may be scanty, our faith may be weak, our strength may be small, but if we are disciples of He who humbled Himself, let us at any rate be humble.

 

Pastor Mike

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