Before going on to look at Jesus’ teaching to us about the importance of humility, we must take one more look at Jesus – our perfect example.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 14:11). “I am among you as the one who serves” (22:27). Jesus always personified His own teaching. I put these two Scriptures together because Jesus was the first to exemplify the principles He taught. Paul describes this humble character in Jesus and writes, He “emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7–8).
Whether it was the prerogatives or the status of His position, He willing set them aside in humility to accomplish the greatest task in all of the universe and in all of time. The question for you and me is-- will we take the initiative in humility so we can accomplish God’s task that he has assigned us for our short time on earth?
With confidence Jesus said to His Father in prayer, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do” (John 17:4). This work was accomplished through humility. How will you finish your work for God?
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