“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” – Romans 12:3 (ESV).
Humility is one of the characteristics of a Christian life. Yet, these days, it has become common to promote Christian life as a rock star experience. In some circles the show man lifestyle is coveted and seen as a proof of God’s blessing. But Jesus said, “The greatest among you shall be your servant” (May 23: 11, ESV).
Other than seeking the pedestal to be served and worshiped Christians are called to have servants heart. The Apostle Paul reminded the believers, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4, ESV). And the Apostle Peter admonishes, “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
There are certain rewards when we practice humility. “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Mathew 23:12, ESV). Mathew further writes, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Mathew 20:16).
There can be an argument that humility ends up with one being a doormat. Yet submission was never a sign of weakness. The Apostle Paul had a revelation from God, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor 12:9). It is not a sign of weakness to lift others up and even ignore insults but only by being strong in Christ has one that self assuredness.
The disciples of John were once anxious to elevate him as Christ, the Messiah. But he rebuffed them. “You yourselves bear me witness that I said, “I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him… Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:28-30, ESV).
Today, may our attitude be to let God shine and take all the glory in our lives. In turn, He will lift us up.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, today I lift you up that your glory may shine and go ahead of me!