Ephesians 4 tells us that one characteristic of living our life worthy of God’s calling is this characteristic of humility. This is a characteristic that is often misunderstood as weakness. Our society sees boldness and self-confidence as the best type of leader. The person who is humble is not weak, but he/she puts others before themselves.
An illustration of humility can be seen in the horse. The horse is a powerful creature and we can see how wild that horse can be when they are out of control. When a bit is placed in the horse’s mouth, a rider can easily control and train that horse.
Of course, the greatest example of humility is Jesus Christ. Being fully God, He held the power that could create the universe in six days, raise the dead, and feed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes. Yet, he willingly came to earth as a baby to grow up and be crucified for our sins that we might have a relationship with God.
In John 13, at the Last Supper, Jesus washes the feat of the disciples. This was normally the job of the lowliest servant. The disciples stood around believing they were too good to wash the feet of the others. Jesus, the greatest of them all, voluntarily took on the job of the lowliest servant. When we have a servant’s attitude with those around us. We will show the love of Christ in a way that words cannot.
Read Philippians 2:1-11 Meditate on this passage and ask yourself if the characteristics of Jesus seen in this passage can be seen in your life today. Ask God to help you to be more of a servant as you care for others in the difficult times we are living in. Tom Firasek