I heard an interesting quote recently that has me thinking, “If we do not choose humility, God will choose it for us.” This makes some scary sense, doesn’t it? If we are not deliberate in choosing to live our life with humility, God will allow us to go through situations that will teach us humility the hard way. So, how do you choose humility?
James 1:2-5 says, “ Count it all joy, my brothers,[when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
God promises to mold us to be more like Jesus, BUT we have to be willing. With a willing, humble heart we’re half way there. Sidney, Keaton and Trenton: pursue God with a sincere heart. Seek Him. Strive to do what He’ll have you do. Keep your focus. The world is telling you to be selfish. The world is saying, “It’s all about you!” God says it isn’t. God says it’s about Him and the people around you. Treat others with the love of Christ.
In John 13:12-17, Jesus washes the disciples feet. As a servant to a master, Jesus humbled himself to the lowest position in society and washed feet. He was showing his disciples, His people how to live. He was showing us humility is the best way to get His message across. We are to love others as Christ loves us.
“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
Did you catch that last part? “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
It’s one thing to know them…it’s another thing to do them. We are given the knowledge. Now we have to act on what we know. Will it be hard to be humble in all situations? Yep. But, it’s what God wants.