Monday February 21, 2005
The Pattern of Humility
Humility is characterized by an attitude that does not seek to exalt or assert itself. In our world, this is not considered a desirable character quality. But in the kingdom of God, humbleness is an essential attribute for Christ-followers to have.
Humility defined Jesus' life. In heaven He relinquished His glory, majesty, and power to become a man. He voluntarily emptied Himself - just as a glass of water is poured out - in order to live on earth. He surrendered all He shared with His Father in order to serve us. Not only that, but as a man, He took on the role of lowly servant. He lovingly submitted Himself to His Father's plan and gave up all earthly rights in order to rescue us from sin. Jesus endured unbelief, criticism, ridicule, persecution and, finally, crucifixion in order to help us. His humility knew no limit. He humbled himself before the Father to become the Lamb of God, and He did the so before mankind, even when He was labeled a criminal and unjustly convicted. Jesus' life demonstrates the importance of being humble and gives us a clear pattern to follow.
The disciples missed the point until after the fact because they were not looking for a Messiah in the form of a servant. The leaders felt threatened because Jesus' call to follow His lifestyle did not give them the importance they wanted. The crowds were bewildered because they did not understand the danger of pride. But the Father saw Jesus' meekness and was pleased.
What attitude does God see when He looks at you and me?
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