Philippians 2:8… “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (KJV). This verse talks about Jesus. He humbled Himself in the presence of God and showed humility in what He was called to do. Humility is an important part of our spiritual life.
Joshua 7:6… “And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads” (KJV). Humility is a must-have attitude before God. Joshua was confused by their defeat in a small city, so they went before God in deep humility to receive new instructions. When our life falls apart, we too should turn to God for direction and help. When you show humility, it’s far easier to hear His words. Humility keeps us from depending upon our own strengths. When Joshua first went up to Ai, he did not consult God (Joshua 7:3-4). He relied upon his own strength. Too often we rely upon our own strengths, skills, and abilities. Only God knows what things face us in life. We need to keep consulting Him even when we have a winning streak (Deuteronomy 8). This prevents pride from controlling our lives.
2 Kings 5:1-19… “And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?” (v. 13, KJV). This is part of the story about Naaman and his leprosy. Humility is a training exercise in obedience. Naaman was a solider. He was used to getting respect, and he was outraged when Elisha treated him like an ordinary person. Naaman was a proud man and he expected better treatment. To wash in the River Jordan was beneath a man of his position, but Naaman had to humble himself and obey the commands of the prophet. Obedience to God begins with humility. We must believe that His way is better than our way. We may not always understand His way of doing things, but when we obey his instructions, we get the blessing. Humility challenges our pride. Naaman left in a rage because he thought he would be healed as Elisha came out and said words over him. Naaman expected a heroic deed. His pride stood in his way, and he reacted badly to God’s unusual method for this healing. Naaman had to learn to accept God’s mercy. He had to humble himself.
Psalm 8:3-4… “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (KJV). Humility is an awareness of unworthiness, not worthlessness. When we look at the vast expanses of the universe, we must also see God’s concern for us. We are people of worth, created a little lower than the angels. You are of high value to God. Humility increases your appreciation for God. See His greatness and remember He is Lord. We are His sons and daughters who serve. Humility may make us feel small compared to His greatness, but it’s healthy. Luke 14:11 teaches, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Or, “The proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored.” Humility promotes you. Quit aiming for prestige. Rather, look for a place where you can serve God. Quit trying to impress others by who you are; serve God and let Him promote you. Jesus is our model for humility–our text says so. Being humble does not mean putting yourself down. It is a realistic assessment of yourselves. Humility is an important part of your spiritual life. God has called you. It’s an honor to serve Him. It’s not some minimum-wage job. It’s a high calling. You are part of His team. Showing anger like Naaman doesn’t improve anything, but showing humility like Joshua brings instruction and victory. Jesus took our sins upon Himself. He was obedient to His call, and so should you be.
Pastor George Belobaba
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