In the beginning, Jesus was part of creating the heavens and the earth. When God created man, he was in Jesus’ image. There is nothing in Heaven or on Earth that isn’t under Jesus’ command. Yet Jesus chose to be born as a baby and walk among us. He developed calloused hands as He worked in a carpenter’s shop. The dirt of the road caked His feet as He traveled to show love to others. Jesus willingly left the majesty and glory of Heaven to laugh, cry, and fully become a man.
Jesus’ ultimate act of humility on Earth was His sacrificial death. He could have called down an angel army to protect Him, but instead, allowed Himself to be wrongly accused and arrested. He could have been worshipped with a gold crown and royal robes, but instead wore a crown of thorns. Jesus deserved praise and adoration, but sacrificed Himself for us.
Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve. Putting others first is not our natural inclination. We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first. Jesus lived in a world like that too. He could have looked out for Himself, but He didn’t. Out of His love for us, He chose to put us first.
Putting others first will cost you something: your time or money. Maybe it will cost you some pride. But when we choose to follow Jesus with our lives, believing that His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be right with God, the least we can do is put others first even if it’s a bit uncomfortable and costs us something.
This month, let’s think about how:
(1) Humility is a response to Christ’s example towards us.
(2) Humility is a way we can show others God’s love for us.
(3) Humility can help others see they are important.