HUMAN HUMILITY

Jesus Washing FeetHumble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:10

 

“Humility is our bread, obedience our wine,” says Dr. Calvin Miller in his book Into the Depths of God. “We gain true humility not by putting ourselves down but by standing next to Christ.” When we see how great the true Christ is, we are secure in our place of humility before Him. Miller should know: he accepted Christ at the tender age of nine years old and has dedicated his entire life and work to Christ with joy. In an author review on Christianbook.com, Miller’s life is described as having “borne the indelible mark of the Holy Spirit.”

 

How can we, as mere human beings, be expected to demonstrate humility as Christ did? Actually, Christ is the very best example of how to be humble. He gave up His heavenly home in glory and all of its rank and privilege to come into this broken world (Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus “emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness” (v. 7). Then, because it was His Father’s great plan for the salvation of all mankind, Jesus “humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross” (v. 8). Why did Jesus have to die for us to be saved? Nothing Jesus could have done in His human form—not His love, His kindness nor even His healing of the sick—could have convinced mankind that He was really God except His defeating death and rising from that grave.

 

When I was in the entertainment business and not yet in “God’s business,” I would become jealous of another performer until I realized I would never in my lifetime attain what she or he possessed in raw talent. It’s like that with Christ: we must finally give over our egos entirely to Him in order to see that we are not Him. When we are full of ourselves, God can’t fill us. Why must we also be obedient? The answer that satisfies my soul is, “No, I can’t do what Christ did and does, and I never will be able to.” The second part of that answer is, “Christ did it all for me.” If that doesn’t make us humble and obedient, nothing will!

Humble me, Lord, that I may be exalted in Your eyes. Amen

 

Humble me, Lord, that I may be exalted in Your eyes. Amen

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