“So also Christ glorified NOT himself … Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:5, 8).
I love the word of God! It is amazing how little of it you actually have to read and how much you get from the little that you read. Learning new truths and being reminded of old truths though is not what it is all about. What is important is what we do with what we learn. And therein, lies the problem!
Most of us, if not all of us, know far more than we are presently obeying, and if we were truly honest, we would have to admit, willing to obey. Someone wrote,“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”
Nowhere is this more true than in the matter of pride, humility, and servanthood!
There are very few things, if any, in all of the Holy Scripture that are more convicting and challenging than the truth that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God humbled himself, from the day that he was born until the day that he stretched forth his arms and died for you and me. Jesus was born in a state of humility, he lived, loved, and served in a state of humility, and he died in a state of humility.
The apostle Paul’s words ring loud today, and yet, often (at least in my life), fall on deaf ears, “Let this mind (attitude) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: … But made himself of NO REPUTATION, and took upon the form of a servant … He humbled himself …” (Philippians 2:5-8)!
We all have a choice: We can choose to, with God’s help, humble ourselves, or God will be very glad to humble us!
Just taking a few moments to reflect on the humility of Christ!