The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

The humility of Jesus provides us with a role model. All of us, I believe, want to be around humble people because they inspire us. Who was a humble person in your life that impacted you? Humble people don’t need to be in the spotlight but quietly fulfill God’s plan for their lives.

Paul tells us that as we put on our new life in Christ, it transforms us, and humility is a gift the Lord wants us to put on. Colossians 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.[1] At one church I served, a humble prayer intercessor blessed us. Most people were unaware of her time praying, but God knew. Our prayers change the atmosphere. James 5:16b The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. [2]

Jesus Humbly Entered Jerusalem

Jesus’ three years of earthly ministry were coming to a close as He entered Jerusalem. Unlike earthly kings who desire others to serve them. Jesus came to serve us humbly. Matthew 20:28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. [3]

Jesus would save humanity by giving His life on the cross, but He would do this humbly. The most significant victory in the history of the world was when Jesus died for our sins. His victory would allow us to confess our sins, come to faith, and receive forgiveness. All of this was born out of the humility of our Savior. He did not ride in on a splendid stallion but a plain donkey. Matthew 21: This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ” [4]

The Lord Wants All of Us to Grow in Humility

When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He opens doors for us that we can’t. It takes humility to say, “Jesus, I have fallen short and need You.” It takes humility to submit ourselves to God. As we humble ourselves before God and accept His gift of salvation, He changes our lives.

The Lord begins to mold and shape us; we become different people over time. When Peter denied Jesus, it was a humbling experience that changed his life. In failure, God often does the most outstanding work in our life. It is a humbling experience when our humble Lord lifts us out of the muck and mire. When this happens, we become more aware of His love and compassion for us.

To learn more about the humility of Jesus, listen here:

[1,3,4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Col 3:12). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Jas 5:16). (1984). Zondervan.

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