Are we prepared to be humble?
God has a goal for me. Jesus calls on me to be gentle and meek. I am to be humble. I am to love. I am to have compassion. That is the main thing about the main thing. Love is not haughty.
Jesus challenges me to learn from Him. Jesus is gentle. Jesus is humble. Jesus shows me how to have compassion and love. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” | Matthew 11:29
So I, the prisoner for the Master, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior — a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation, with all humility forsaking self-righteousness, and meekness maintaining self-control, with patience, bearing with one another in unselfish love. | Ephesians 4:1-2 (Amplified Bible)
We must understand what “meek” means. The Greek word translated “meek” is praeis and refers to mildness, gentleness of spirit, or humility. Other forms of this Greek word are used elsewhere in the New Testament, including James 1:21 and James 3:13. Meekness is humility toward God and toward others.
It is having the right or the power to do something but refraining for the benefit of someone else. Paul urged meekness when he told us “to live a life worthy of the calling [we] have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1–2).
Jesus is clear that I will be more than happy if I am meek and gentle. I will in fact inherit the earth according to the “Jesus Manifesto” (Matthew 5 -7; aka the Sermon on the Mount). I think my arrogance is an issue Jesus wants me to deal with. More humility would go a long way in my life.
According to our dictionary, to be meek means you are “showing patience and humility, gentleness … easily imposed upon, submissive”. The meek one doesn’t throw fits or fly off the handle under pressure. A good synonym is “gentle”. A meek person is under control.
Meekness is not weakness: it is power under control. As the writer of Proverbs says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city” (16:32). In contrast, the individual who is not gentle is likened to “a city that is broken into and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28). Gentleness always uses its resources appropriately, unlike the out-of-control emotions that so often are destructive and have no place in your life as a believer.
And don’t equate gentleness with cowardice, lack of conviction, or mere human niceness. It’s a virtue that draws courage, strength, conviction, and a good disposition from God, not from self-centered human resources. Jesus clearly could show His displeasure. Imagine being a merchant in the temple getting whipped and chased out. Imagine being a religious leader and getting called a snake.
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God calls on me to respect others, placing them as more important than I am. Jesus is very clear about this.
The main thing is to love others more than I love myself. This is repeated over and over. I must obey my Master Jesus.
Arrogance will bring me down. Jesus says for me go after humility. Jesus warns “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit through factional motives, or strife, but with an attitude of humility being neither arrogant nor self-righteous regard others as more important than yourselves. ~Apostle Paul — Philippians 2:3
It is possible to submit outwardly and yet not be humbled inwardly. God hates the sin of pride, and He will chasten the proud believer until he is humbled. We have a tendency to treat sin too lightly, even to laugh about it (“let your laughter be turned into mourning”). But missing God’s goal (aka sin) is serious, and one mark of true humility is facing the seriousness of sin and dealing with our disobedience. “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Ps. 51:17).
I am concerned and worry about lots of things. One of them is how am I doing compared to others. Culturally, and probably as a part of my sinful nature, I want to do better than others.
Maybe, compared to others, I want to be the best.
Jesus is having none of that. Jesus calls me up short on it all. Jesus is clear.
At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?”
For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me. | Matthew 18:1-5 (The Message Bible)
Jesus has a goal for me. Jesus is clear that I must repent, that is, change my inner self — my old way of thinking, live a changed life and become like a child in my faith. I am to be trusting, humble, and forgiving. Unless I do that, I will never enter God’s country where Jesus is King.
I must humble myself like a child to be the greatest in the kingdom of God. If I receive and welcome a child in Jesus the King’s name, I receives Jesus.
If I cause one of the little ones who believes in Jesus to stumble and sin by leading them away from teaching of Jesus, it would be better for me to have a heavy millstone as large as one turned by a donkey hung around my neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Am I putting barriers up for those who could believe? Do I cause other followers of Jesus to stumble. Jesus challenges me to be careful.
Yes, Jesus is clear with me. I am to be last. Absolutely. All the time.
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Does God command me to be humble? Yes, Absolutely. There is no doubt about it.
The Bible describes humility as meekness, lowliness, and absence of self.
The Greek word translated “humility” in Colossians 3:12 and elsewhere literally means “lowliness of mind,” so we see that humility is a heart attitude, not merely an outward demeanor.
I may put on an outward show of humility but still have a heart full of pride and arrogance. Jesus said that those who are “poor in spirit” would have the kingdom of heaven. Being poor in spirit means that only those who admit to an absolute bankruptcy of spiritual worth will inherit eternal life. Therefore, humility is a prerequisite for the disciple of Jesus.
How far must we go in following Jesus? I need to do whatever it takes. Nothing is more important than the child-like faith in Jesus. Nothing. Not a thing.
Isn’t what Jesus is saying extreme? No, Jesus means it. Nothing can get in the way of honestly following Jesus. We may have to sacrifice a lot to be the servant of Jesus. Jesus challenges us to get rid of anything that gets in the way. This is one of the great themes of Jesus and his manifesto. God is God. Period.
What is the consequence of not taking Jesus seriously? This isn’t pleasant, but Jesus is clear. My lack of sacrifice will lead me to the fire of Hell. I don’t think Jesus is using a metaphor here. Jesus is clear and Jesus is serious. Am I?
Grace is a gift. God gives us grace when we are humble. There is no peace if we are proud and haughty. Humility is the name of the game. Jesus challenges us to be humble. We have some good news.
Jesus wants us to inherit the earth. That was the original plan. King Jesus has restored it for all of us who follow Him.
God’s promises to the meek is good news!
Humility is the name of the game. Jesus challenges me to be humble. I have some good news. Jesus wants me to inherit the earth. That was the original plan. King Jesus has restored it for all of us who follow Him.
- Psalm 37:11 — But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
- Matthew 5:5 — “Blessed are the gentle (meek), for they shall inherit the earth.”
We think we don’t need help. We can do it ourselves. God’s help is not needed. We want to be independent, not dependent. Our pride gets in the way. I know mine does.
We will ask if we don’t have something we want or if we can’t do it ourselves. Otherwise, God tends to be our Genie in a bottle.
That isn’t the way of God. Like David, I need to get my feet back on the trail and follow God’s orders. I must remember God has a plan. I need to focus on what God wants, not what I want.
God has promised so much. His love fills the entire earth. There is no end to it. God is good.
Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised.
When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out— but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you, of those committed to living by your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth!
Train me to live by your counsel. | Psalm 119:57-64 (The Message Bible)
May I humble myself and ask.
May I beg for His help.