Reaching into the bag of gifts that our Savior has given us, we grab another token labeled HUMILITY.
Our minds and hearts are still overwhelmed by the blessings of the previous fifteen pieces Jesus has freely given. This next spiritual present helps us walk away from the world’s offerings that tempt us to prideful behavior by becoming a humble servant of the Lord. Like Him, we will be satisfied by a lifestyle that allows us to lift others up as we glorify God.
There are three major events in the life of Christ where His humility tore down the walls of pride and built up the hearts of those He loved. His birth. His life. And His death. These three shows us that when we use the Lord’s gift of humility, we set ourselves directly in the center of God’s will for our lives.
Birth:“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) Our Good Shepherd, through whom ALL things were made, chose to leave his throne and take on the burden of flesh and bone for you and me. You are that important to Jesus! He came down from heaven to walk among His sheep. We have a beautiful record of this in the Bible: “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:3-8)
Life: In humility, love serves. Just before Jesus was handed over to be crucified, he washed his disciples feet. It was during the Last Supper (John 13), Jesus took the dirt from His disciples feet and carried on the towel around His waist. Jesus told his friends, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (v.8). Unless we humble ourselves and serve others, they won’t see Jesus. When we apply this gift of the Lord’s humility, we show the people around us the love of Christ that they won’t see anywhere else. Becoming humble means we let Jesus “wash us.” We let Him take away the dirt in our lives and praise Him for that forgiveness only He can give! We let Jesus tell us how and where our lives should go. Verse 14: “Wash one another’s feet.” Verse 15: “You should do as I have done.” Let us become like our Savior and humbly do the tasks that lift others up so they may be closer to Jesus.
Death: Oh how much love serves that the Lord of ALL would humble Himself for us. He was stripped of his clothes. Made to wear a crown of thorns. Endured the centurian’s whip. Stood their and felt the soldiers’ spit. “They took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again.” (Matt. 27:30) Carried the cross. Nailed to it. Felt the weight of our sin…
Jesus went through that torture for you and me! He went through it so we could be with Him forever. “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people…” (Hebrews 9:28) This tells us how the gift of Humility was made. Let us put this life-changing gift to good use by becoming servants who lift others up so that they may see Jesus. Let us endure the hard times of this world because we know that God is with us forever and He deserves the glory!