In Awe of God's Humility

God models perfectly every virtue that the Spirit is trying to bear in us as we are slowly being reformed in Christ's image. Humility is one of those virtues. Philippians 2:3 says, "do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." I believe that God in Christ perfectly displayed this kind of humility. Even though it really was all about Him, He made Himself all about other people. We often think of God's power and knowledge, love and grace, and certainly His Holiness. But rarely do we think of His humility. God's humility is holy humility. The perfect combination of love and grace wedded together to display what humility truly is.

I'm in awe of the humility displayed in the manger.

Christ's roots are royal but not necessarily noble. Instead of a grand entrance into the world, God displayed His humility in His Son's humble beginnings. I can't believe that God came in Christ as a man that was born as a baby in the midst of barn animals, reared by parents who could only afford a turtledove-sized offering, and he was trained in carpentry in a small village.

I'm in awe of the humility displayed in a king on his knees washing the feet of his followers.

This action is not a tactic to be found in books of leadership. It will not be advised in books on management. It's upside-down, inside-out, backwards, the last is first, and the least is the greatest. Here is a leader who says: "You will not serve me, but I will serve you. You will not die for me, but I will die for you." Read it for yourself: Mark 10:45.

I'm in awe of the humility displayed in a king hanging on a cross.

Humility is often displayed in ways that humans consider weakness. Like Jesus dying on a cross between thieves, the failed prophet of a lost cause. But humility is not weakness, rather it is an acknowledgement of where true power comes from. Like Jesus dying on the cross saying, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

I'm in awe of the humility of a king ascending into heaven, leaving His kingdom in the hands of his followers.

Humble is the leader who delegates with trust. And that's what Christ did when He ascended into heaven to pour out His Spirit upon His followers and to leave the Church in their hands.

Even though it really was all about Him, He made Himself all about other people. What amazes me most is that I'm one of those other people. God came in Christ for me. This is mind-blowing, earth-shaking, pulsating truth. I don't know how to calculate, weigh, or figure this out. The only thing I know to do is to worship, serve, and pursue. To humble myself before the mighty hand of a God who humbled Himself in Christ.

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