“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:10
It seems like there is a new superhero movie hitting theaters weekly. There are things that every superhero movie has in common; one, they have some extraordinary power and the second one is, every one of them has a weakness. It makes sense, because if you have no weaknesses, you couldn’t be defeated and there would be no drama in the movie. And that doesn’t make for good comics or movies. I mean if the hero is unbeatable, what’s the point?
So Superman has his kryptonite. For Green Lantern, it’s the color yellow. Even real life heroes like Samson have their weaknesses. For him it was his hair. We each have a weakness as well. For most people it is pride. But we also have a power to overcome that weakness, humility. As Christ followers, we are called to be like Jesus including His humility. We’re called to be much more than typically humble people. If we are to be like Jesus, we must practice super humility. “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” ( Philippians 2:3-4)
So then, what does it mean to have an attitude of super humility? The simplest way to describe real humility is: know who you are in Christ, know who you were or who you would be without Christ, and then treat everyone as though they are just as important in God’s eyes as you are because they are. Humility is about doing things for others because you know that God loves them just as much as He loves you. Humility is about putting the Lord and His people first and yourself second. Humility is about seeing other people as valuable not as obstacles in your way.
Jesus is the perfect example of humility. He never for a moment thought of seeking His honor, or asserting His power for Himself. Jesus, the Son of God, would voluntarily accept the path of humility. “he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8) He would even embrace the most abhorrent death of all, a sin-atoning crucifixion. In spiritual agony, He would pray, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39).
My prayer is that we will be humbled by the humbling Jesus Christ accepted in coming to this sinful planet to save sinners. As God, He deserved all honor and glory, yet the Son of God was willing to become a lowly, human servant.
- How can you nurture humility in your life?
- What benefits and promises are there to those who walk in humility?