Humility is a loaded word. What does it mean to be humble? We know it isn’t what Drax thinks it is. (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)
We do have an example in Christ, who humbled himself and became flesh and was obedient unto death.
Sometimes we think we are humble, but then we challenge the prompting of the Holy Spirit when something is “hard” or too time consuming. Maybe we don’t want to mess up our freshly manicured nails.
Whatever the issue is for us, we have an example in Jesus and the apostles of how we are to humble ourselves and be servants of our Lord.
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. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 NASB
Christ’s death has transformed those who believe in Him.
We were sinners who were helpless and ungodly enemies of God, yet Christ died for us. Believers are justified and saved, reconciled with God and exulting in Him. We take on Christ’s righteousness in the eyes of God. Thank You, Jesus!
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Romans 5:6-11 NASB
It is when we are weak that we are strong.
Power Is Perfected In Weakness.
What is weakness to you?
What weakness does God allow to remain with you in order for the power of Christ to show more prominently through you?
No doubt there are many things that we would list as thorns in our flesh that hold us back from exalting ourselves. Thank you, Lord.
Then there is the grace of God. How He uses each of us in His plan.
Weak as we are, strong only in Him.
Paul says it best;
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NASB
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
Romans 5:8-10 NASB
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:20-24 NASB