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.
Mark 10:45-For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
James 4:6 – God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
1 Peter 5:6 – Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.
In power skating we teach that a good knee bend is essential for a good stride. If a player is standing straight up or has little knee bend, they will not be able to get any power in their push off and will have a short stride. With a deep knee bend the player will be able to use more strength and have a longer stride which makes for a more explosive skater. This is a powerful analogy for us in our faith - getting low brings power. It is when we humble ourselves that God will use us greatly.
We have an example in Jesus Christ of what humility is and the power that comes from it. Philippians 2:5-8 – Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. The Creator who sits on the throne of heaven came to Earth took a seat on a donkey’s foal, washed his disciples feet, and submitted to death on a cross. He did not come to be served, but to serve, and because of this humility Jesus created a path for sinners to be reconciled to God, the most powerful feat in all of history.
We must take our example from Jesus and the scriptures which show us what true humility is. A humble person thinks more highly of others than themselves (Phil 2:3-4). A humble person knows that their salvation is completely dependent on Jesus (Eph 2:8-9). A humble person knows that everything they have they received from God (1 Cor 4:6-7). A humble person does not rely on their own wisdom or merit, but on that of God (1 Cor 1:27-28). A humble person does not define their worth in what they own or what they have accomplished, but in that they are God’s and what Jesus has done for them.
God has a pattern of using humble people, because it’s in humility that we do not rely on our own power, but that of God. In our own strength we can do very little. It’s ironic that our pride wells up because we want to do more, gain more recognition, attain greatness – but it’s also this pride that prevents us from accomplishing these. Like a skater with straight legs powerless to accelerate, so is a proud person powerless to reach greatness. It’s just as peculiar that humility is the path to greatness, that this is when God will exalt you (1 Peter 5:6) – like a skater with good knee bend ready with a powerful stride, so is a humble person in a ready spot for the power of God to flow through.
How would you define humility?
In what areas of your life do you think you have humility? In what areas do you think you need more humility?
What is one area of your life you think God will use you in if you seek humility?
For additional reading see – Matthew 23:1-12, Proverbs 15:33, Romans 12:3
Posted on Tue, October 15, 2013
by Todd Lohstreter filed under