“When it’s hard to love the people God has placed in your life—humble yourself.”
Read John 13:4–5: Nowhere in the Bible are we told to “be humble.” Rather we are instructed, “Humble yourself” (James 4:10). And Jesus shows us how in John 13. Too many Christians get stuck in acting humble. Humility is not an act-thing or a feel-thing; it’s a do-thing. Humility is like exercise. There isn’t a benefit until you do it! There isn’t a benefit from only thinking about it or feeling it. Humbling yourself is hard work. Lean into it: When you receive a poor performance review or are passed over for a promotion—humble yourself. When a co-worker cuts corners or takes credit for your work—humble yourself. When something is taken that rightfully belongs to you—humble yourself. When your friends betray, desert or disappoint you—humble yourself. When your life isn’t turning out the way you wanted—humble yourself. When you feel crushed under the weight of a crisis or a deep, bitter disappointment—humble yourself.
When it’s hard to love the people God has placed in your life—humble yourself. That’s what Jesus did. Look again at John 13:4–5 and notice the verbs. Jesus rose, laid, took, tied, poured, washed, and wiped. This wasn’t a ceremony. Hours before He went to the cross, Jesus expended energy and effort and got dirty for the sake of those He loved. The God of the universe did “humble” Himself. And He commands us to do it, too!
Father, I pray humility is not something I have to manufacture or wonder about, I pray my heart is led by it because of You.
The real question is are you humble? Or are you just acting humbly? I love what Pastor Blaine is saying here. Humility is not an act-thing or a feel-thing; it’s a do-thing. Humility is like exercise. There isn’t a benefit until you do it! There isn’t a benefit from only thinking about it or feeling it. Humbling yourself is hard work. Lean into it!
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
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