20150-05-21 - A Facet of Humility
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus lived in perfect harmony with the Father and the Holy Spirit in perfection. When the time was right (Gal 4:4) Jesus obediently left Heaven to come to Earth. Leaving a place where everything is in perfect harmony with the will of God to come to the race that had rebelled and fallen into sin and live as one of us shows tremendous humility.
It is true that God loved His creation more so than we will ever completely understand. That was at least part of the motivation. But the willingness to put on our fallen, frail human flesh and live the life we live with all it's sorrows and temptations required a level of humility that we again may never understand. Taking on our cross in order to open the gateway to Heaven for us is an incomprehensible act of love.
All of this is wrapped in humility. One facet of humility is the idea of being at least as interested in the best interests of others as a person might be for their own best interests, if not more so. Being aware and concerned for what benefits someone else as we might be for ourselves is a tall order. In our modern civilization the culture drives an endless stream of responsibilities and temptations at us. Prioritising our days, and sometimes our minutes, is a challenge.
It is easy to become inundated and lose track of the kingdom and our responsibilities there. If we put those first into the equation that is our day we have been promised that God knows what we need and will provide all of those things. Do I have this down? Do I know anyone who has this completely integrated into their lives? The short answer is no. The more correct answer is I know a handful of people who have, not perfectly, but firmly grasped humility. What they have is used for the kingdom regularly. And they are aware of the needs of others around them.
This world demands of us. Our response must be tempered in the will of God and wrapped in His love. A challenge to myself as much as a thought for you.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.