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Humility

I’m back! Somehow I never really felt like posting until today, when I have 1 paper left on wednesday. Anyway, thanks to those who have been checking back regularly, you’ve been keeping my blog stats up! and I’d apologize for being inactive for such a long time.

Have you ever wondered what God’s will for you is? When I first thought about this, images of me preaching the gospel in some isolated place on the Earth ran through my mind. Well, perhaps, but as Christians, God has a plan for every moment of our lives. He never wastes each moment of our service to Him. God’s will, is basically what He desires for us to do, and to become each day. This means that we have to honour Him every day of our lives, obeying his instrustions and His Word. And He would eventually lead us into serving Him effectively in His ministry. So what has all that have got to do with humility? Let’s turn to the Bible:

Philippians 2:5-11Imitating Christ’s attitude

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Our Lord Jesus Christ led a very humble life. Paul described it very aptly in Philippians- Jesus was God in nature, yet He gave up His authority and positon in heaven to come to the Earth. Not in a kingly manner, but was born to an ordinary couple in an ordinary little town. He came not to take up position as a King, but to serve men. There are countless examples- washing His diciples’ feet, even resisting temptation from the devil displayed his meekness. Now the word ‘humility’ appears first in verse 8, and showed how Jesus obeyed God to the point of death- death on a cross! Being God in nature, Jesus knew very well what He had to do on Earth. He knew that he would, eventually, die on the cross and save mankind from his sins. So for every day of Jesus’ life, He was working towards that goal, serving God by serving the people around Him. Jesus had a complete obedience to God and God’s will for Him. And that was what made Him successful. Jesus had not failed when He died on the cross, but He had conquered sin for all of us, and that, was what God wanted Him to do.

Now do you see the link? Most dictionaries today describe humility as not being proud of yourself, or to recognize your bad qualities. These are very legitimate explanations for the word, and may even be supported by the Bible. But I believe it has an even greater meaning. When translated through Latin, and back to English, Humility means Submission. And that was the very attitude that Jesus Christ displayed throughout His life, and every day of His life! Do you not think that Jesus could have established Himself on the Earth very easily? He was God! He could have thrown Himself down from the mountain, as Satan told Him to, and not get hurt! And if the Jews saw Him flying down without getting hurt, don’t you think they would acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah immediately? Or if He had worshipped the Devil, Jesus would gain control of the world, and would be able to influence everybody to be like Him. There were so many easy ways for Jesus to complete what God wanted to do. But He did it God’s way. Jesus obeyed God, and died on the cross. He chose to become the lowest of society because it was what God intended. That was true humility, and true submission.

By submission, I do not mean making intentionally making yourself of no position, or blindly obeying others. But it is submission to God’s plan, and what He needs us to do to serve Him. Our humility must be a complete obedience to God. And this may even mean sacrificing our other personal endeavors for the sake of fulfilling His plan. When Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert, He could easily have turned all the stones around Him to bread, proving the devil wrong and satisfying His hunger at the same time. However, He did not, and by doing so, Jesus had conquered worldly pride and lusts in order to obey God. In the same way, we must humbly give up our personal wants in the process of serving God. It may sound demanding, but that is, plainly, what God requires of us.

Romans 12:1-2

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Only then, would we be able to fulfill the purpose that God has set for our lives. When we offer our bodies as living sacrifices- to used used for God, then we are truly worshipping Him. We must not give in to worldly desires, and it has such influencing power, but instead “be transformed by the renewing of our minds”. This renewal would then get rid of our old, sinful attitudes, and give us a new mind. One that is Jesus’ mind, such that with His humility, we may complete His perfect will in us.

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