Bible reading: John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11
One of my most interesting sights when I keenly observe human traffic at random locations is how I see young kids scampering after their parents, trying their best to walk like their parents. You see some kids target each of the steps their parents have taken, trying to plant their little feet in the marks. You see others working- or walking- hard to match up with their parent’s pace.
Have you noticed that on one hand, Jesus did a whole lot in our place, so we wouldn’t have to do it anymore. But on the other hand, he did a lot of other things to model to us a pattern with which we should do life.
Our drive as believers should be to constantly lean in on the example of Jesus, and how he lived his life, in finding a pattern for our own lives. We should be like those kids trying to put our steps in His.
Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility Phil 2:5 AMPC
Humility is a big word in my generation.
I live in a generation that is widely governed by impressions. People work so hard to alter what others think of them, without working a bit on who they actually are. So you’ve got hero impressions but zero character.
Isn’t this where we really lose out in the burden for true humility- when we are drawn into a self-focus?
Sometimes, I get drawn into thinking how difficult life really is for some people, and the extent of the challenges they face. I’ve seen all kinds of problems in the world: Poverty; hunger; sickness; abuse; and so on- problems that have really made a mess of lives, of families and even of communities.
But what’s far immeasurably worse than any such world problem is when the world deals with a God problem.
The writer of James reminds us that proud people have a God-problem in their lives:
But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, God stands against the proud, but favors the humble. James 4:6 CEB
Wow, God stands against you? God?! You’re finished.
In fact, God treats us with even greater kindness, just as the Scriptures say, “God opposes everyone who is proud, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.” James 4:6 CEV
I mean, if your boss is opposing you, you can change jobs; if a neighbor is opposing you, you can change neighborhood; if a friend is opposing you, you can walk away; but if God is opposing you…?
Proud people have a God-problem.
But I don’t think we need to be drawn into trying to not be proud. That misses the point. I think we need to be drawn into a pursuit of humility by being imitators of Jesus.
Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be. Philippians 2:5, Philips.
I think we find the truest sense of humility when we live our lives overwhelmed in a God-consciousness, when we allow His light to be the illumination on our steps.
Humility is not what we do. It’s who we are.
Humility is not washing disciples’ feet. It is having the heart of a servant. You can wash their feet to be thought of as being humble or to create an impression to people. That’s pride, just thriving on humble actions. But the heart of a servant would wash the feet. It will serve. It will love. It will give.
Humility is a question of who we are in our core.
It is a heart that remembers always that all I am and have is from God, and all I am and have I hold as a steward on behalf of others. It is a heart that remembers that all I do, I do as unto the Lord and not unto men. It is a heart that remembers that life and purpose is not about me, but it’s the privilege to be connected and faithfully play my little role in a grand God purpose in the earth today.
In this Easter season, as we meditate on the person of Jesus, I pray that we will be overwhelmed again in His light and build our lives in a true sense of humility before God. May the Lord break off every form and expression of pride in us.
May we truly live our lives focusing on Jesus and all for His glory!
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