Another Lesson on Humility

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is you Father, which is in heaven.  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Matthew 23:9-12

Jesus here gives his disciples another lesson on the vital virtue of humility.  As much as the Lord hates pride, he loves humility.  And as much as Satan is our example of pride, Jesus Christ is our perfect example of humility.  This lesson is about our habit of striving for “titles,” honour and exaltation.

Our flesh loves to be honoured and exalted.  Our flesh loves to have title of honour.  Just look at intellectuals – they love those letters after their name.  Many of them can’t bear to see their name in print without seeing their degrees listed after it.  All of us have those things about which we like to be exalted.

But Jesus again tells us that, if we want to be exalted (and who doesn’t), we need to humble ourselves.  Those who try to exalt themselves will be abased.  Those who humble themselves will be exalted.  It may sound contradictory, but that is how it works in the kingdom of God.

When we think about humility and exaltation, we have to decide which would be better – to be exalted by ourselves or to be exalted by the Lord.  We can only have one or the other.  Our own exaltation will be short lived and probably not much of an exaltation at all.  On the other hand, humbling ourselves and allowing Jesus to exalt us will cause us to reap the rewards for all of eternity.  The choice is ours – which will we take?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for our humility reminder! God bless you as He keeps leading you on!

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