by: Marty Paluch
I’ve had more than a few humbling experiences recently. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed them exactly but neither can I say they weren’t just what I needed. Things I’ve said and done hurt people, confused people and frustrated people. I am sincerely sorry people I care about had to experience pain in order for me to learn a lesson. Thankfully, our gracious God allowed people who know my heart and score high on the forgiveness scale to be my humility mentors.
My experience reminds me there is no better example of being humbled than Jesus. While I certainly felt shame and regret in being humbled, my humbling was not punishment. It was godly discipline to train me in righteous living. Mine was a blessing, Jesus’ a curse, bearing the full weight of God’s justice for the sin of all mankind.
Christ’s life was marked by humility; it was a lowering of His innate superior rank in order to live among us as His Father intended – sinless and in harmony with God and others only to ultimately suffer for our brokenness. The Creator of the universe humbled Himself when He didn’t need to so you and I could be lifted up to glory before the throne of God in Heaven. Our call to the humble life is to live out the forgiveness Jesus earned for us on the cross and also the promise of a new life through Christ’s Resurrection.
So, anyone up to share a big piece of humble pie with me? It honestly doesn’t taste as bad as you might think. While there’s a slight hint of bitterness in the spices, the filling is an abundance of the Fruits of the Spirit, bringing a balanced flavor reminiscent of the fresh aroma of grace and forgiveness. Topped with a zesty, light, flaky crust you can’t help but feel eager to share the delectable, cleansing sensation with your friends, your neighbors and the world.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2: 5-11