Humility

God has always told His people to be humble. It has always been necessary that God’s people be humble, otherwise, He would not listen to their cries (2 Chronicles 7:14; 34:27). But when Christ came to the earth, what did He find? He found people boasting and bragging that they were God’s elect. We must be careful not to do that. Rather, we should follow that perfect example given to us, which is Christ.

What was the mindset of Christ? It was that of a servant…”Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death — even death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-8). Christ is the perfect example of humility.

When Christ’s disciples argued about who would be the greatest in the kingdom (as though it were an earthly kingdom!), Christ taught them a powerful lesson in just a few words. “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). At another time, He taught them again, saying, “…and whoever wants to be first must be your servant — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27-28). Christ taught us that, if we desire to be great in the kingdom of God, we must humble ourselves. And since He is the King of the kingdom, it was only right that He take the lowest, most humble position on earth.

Humility is a rarity. But of all the people in the world, we — Christians — should be the most humble. That means that we have to serve others. The great example of service is Christ. Remember when Christ washed the feet of His disciples? Now this was the great King! How often do we hear of kings, presidents, or world leaders humbly serving their people? The same great humility and servant-hood that was shown by Christ should be abundant in our lives as well. – Sean Carratt

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