HUMBLE YOURSELF


If you’re looking for a great example of someone with a humble heart look to Jesus. He is the only example needed to discover this useful characteristic in developing servant-hood. In fact most of us need daily lessons. Take for example John 13:4-11 where the Lord took a towel and washed His disciples’ feet! Christ-follower you’re not humble until you can do that! When you see Him as the Servant of all servants it’s hard to take a look at one’s self in the mirror and be proud. The entire NT demonstrates over and over that “He humbled Himself.” (see Philippians 2:5-8)

While Christ walked this earth He always stripped off any notion of being robed with honor until ultimately He was stripped naked and nailed to the cross giving up all for us and then placed in a borrowed grave. You can’t get any lower than our precious Redeemer. Just for a moment stand at the foot of the cross and notice the drops of blood by which you have been cleansed, then gaze at that crown of thorns pressed into His skull, then check out the raw flesh on His shoulders ripped to shreds from the whip of His captors, then look at His hands and feet pierced by rods of rough iron and then the voices circled around mocking Him, then hearing Him cry out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” Christ-follower how can you still be full of pride? If your knees haven’t buckled and you’re not lying face down on the ground before that cross then, you have never seen it! If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus, you do not know Him. 

You were so lost that nothing could save you but the sacrifice of God's one and only Son. Reflect on that and how Jesus humbled Himself. Don’t wait; right now bow in humbleness at His feet. This is love in it truest form.

Dear God, inspect our lives by the Cross of Calvary. Only then can our position no longer be that of the pompous pride of man, but humbled by the One who loves us so much and awakened to the amazing grace of how much we’ve been forgiven. Our pride cannot live at the foot of the cross. My we continue to sit there and learn our lesson and then stand and put it into practice. Amen!

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