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Humility is the natural place of anyone before their Creator. As someone begins to grasp the fact that God has authority to do anything He chooses, so they learn to be humble before all of God’s people on earth. Jesus, God on earth walked in humility. He said ‘The first shall be last and the last first.’
When Jesus was asked, “who is the greatest?” He gave a surprising answer. Matthew 18:1-4
Matthew 18:1-4 1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.3 Then he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
One of the problems we have with humility is that it is difficult to see it in real situations. Paul writes of it in Philippians 2:1-4
Philippians 2:1-4 1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.4 Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Jesus, God on earth, the one who would have the right to demand His own will, is our great model of humility. We see this in Philippians 2:5-8
Philippians 2:5-8 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,* he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges*; he took the humble position of a slave* and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,* 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.
The Father responds to Jesus’ humility in Philippians 2:9-11
Philippians 2:9-11 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This obviously begs the question of ourselves - Where do we look for glory? Do we insist on the attention being put on ourselves in either blatant or subtle ways?
God not only looks for humility in people, he desires to bless those who are able to walk that way. One of the easiest ways to exercise this humility is through leadership positions, either as leader or led. 1 Peter 5:5-6
1 Peter 5:5-6 5 In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for
"God opposes the proud but favors the humble."*
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Gaining this place of humility is no easy matter. Our whole being screams in complaint when we have the opportunity to live this way. How then do we gain the grace and character to become like Jesus in this way? I would suggest that there are a number of routes.