Humility...February 8, 2023 Gospel Applications
Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is “thinking of yourself less”.
It is not going low, but it is dying to your selfish desires.
In my devotional this morning, I was reminded of this.
The culture of our world today raises YOU up. There is emphasis on making your world centered around yourself. Me me me. A friend of mine shared with me yesterday that she “produces her own happiness”.
We are human. Broken. Sinners. I don’t know about you, but I do not trust myself to fill a void that was meant for Jesus. We simply do not have the capacity. For a temporary season, maybe. We can do a pretty good job for a while, but eventually that fire burns out and we are looking for more ways to fill the gaps that we hold in our hearts.
Philippians 2:5-8 describes humility so beautifully.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”.
How admirable is a servants heart. Jesus served the Father and became so obedient that it brought him to his death. He loved the Father enough that He died for His sake. He loves YOU enough that He was crucified on a cross for your sins.
How humble is our Jesus.
Humility does not mean we shouldn’t like ourselves. We are called to honor our bodies because they are His.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”.
Self care does not have to be selfish when our motives are geared towards glorifying creation. Out of love for the Father, we take care of the things that he has made, and that includes our bodies. In doing so, we stay submitted to Him and humble. Every good thing in us should point back to Him.
Magnify our God.
Keep our hands open to the challenges and blessings he is giving to us.
He has called you higher.
“But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way I command you, that it may be well with you.'”
Lord, I am not worthy to receive your love, but by your grace I am saved. I surrender myself to you and praise you for the freedom you have given me. For the love that you pour into my life. I ask that you help guide me and keep me fixed on you through every season of my life. I lift this up in your name. Amen.