H – Humility —> Meek, lowly, humble these are words that describe Christ. From the beginning of His time in human form until His death on the cross, Jesus clothed himself in humility.
His parents were common people in the sight of man. No one suspected the messiah to be born among such simple people. His birthplace wasn’t a palace, but a cold, smelly stable. Rather than silks and satins covering His cradle, scratchy hay cushioned His head. Instead of living the life of an elite, He worked as a tradesman alongside Joseph. He submitted Himself to His earthly parents. He carried out the will of His Father in heaven. He made himself a servant. Jesus said of Himself, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Then, He died the death of criminals even with the governor’s “not guilty” verdict.
Humility in Christ isn’t surprising. It has always been something required of those who choose to follow Him. Humility was the beginning of healing needed in the Old Testament. It makes us teachable. It is how we ought to interact with one another. So it is natural that the One who is our example be humble.
That baby in the manger, the one that we sing about, is the beginning of a life showing us how we ought to live. The One with ultimate power, considered our needs above His rights as Creator God. He reveals the importance of knowing and following God’s plan. He demonstrates the truth of real joy coming only with obedience, which requires humility.
Today, we have the chance to walk in His footsteps and clothe ourselves in humility. May we honor the Humble Servant by striving to live in humble obedience.
Matt. 20:28, Zechariah 9:9, Isaiah, 53:1-3, II Chron. 7:14, Ps. 25:9, I P,et. 5:5