Advent Devotion – Humility
Matthew 23:12 - For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Luke 2:12 – For this will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.
Philippians 2:5-8 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Sunday began this year’s Advent , a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. As we head into this Christmas season I’d like to meditate on what we can learn and apply from this Advent season in hopes to prepare hearts to celebrate the coming of the Messiah.
Hockey players know who the selfish players are, and we know who the humble players are, and we know which one we’d rather play with. But perhaps more than in games, we know the impact that a player can have through humility off the ice. Think of a teammate you had that displayed humility both on and off the ice. What did you think of that person? How did he or she impact you?
There are several passages in scripture that talk of the benefits of humility; one of these is Matthew 23:13 – For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. The most striking example of humility I can find is that of Jesus Christ. We see the nativity scene everywhere during the Christmas season, a baby in a manger, surrounded by animals, shepherds, and wise men - hardly a fitting place for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And yet, He who has the earth as His footstool, accepted a pile of hay for His infant bed, and He who rides upon the clouds, accepted the foal of a donkey as his steed, and He who sits on the throne of Heaven, humbled Himself to death on a cross. It’s an amazing thing to contemplate the humility of Jesus, and as we do, hopefully it starts to transform our hearts to be humble also.
Two points I’d like to highlight on having humility, coming from Philippians 2:5-8. The first, Jesus, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Jesus did not lean on His position of authority or influence so that He didn’t have to sacrifice. We, as teammates, coaches, co-workers, bosses, starting goaltenders, top goal scorers, Vice Presidents, CEO’s, etc, should not lean on positions of authority to avoid sacrifice or service. There are no jobs or tasks that are beneath you. The second is that Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient, even to death on a cross. When we become obedient, we become humble.
Are you a humble teammate on and off the ice? In what areas of your life do you need to grow in humility? In what areas can you grow in humility by becoming more obedient?
For more on humility see Proverbs 11:2, Psalm 149:4, Isaiah 66:2, Luke 14:7-11
Posted on Tue, December 4, 2012
by Todd Lohstreter filed under