Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
2 Chronicles 7:14 we are told -
And if my people, upon who my name has een pronounced, humble themselves and pray and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land.
Humility is the correct estimation of ourselves which results from a correct estimation of our God.
We see true humility portrayed by John the Baptist
He was the forerunner of the long awaited Messiah
In John 1:6-35 we see John declaring himself to be ‘the voice in the dessert’. He says over and over that he is not the messiah, but only preparing the way. When he saw Jesus he said ‘Behold, the Lamb of God’
In Matthew 11:11 Jesus says that if we are willing to accept it, John is the Elija the one who is to come
In John 3:30 John says So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.
In Luke 1:15 the angel Gabriel says He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb.
Humility comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit. The more John poured himself out, the more the Holy Spirit poured himself in.
A second factor increasing John’s humility was by the example of his mother, Elizabeth. She was a humble woman before God and others.
In Luke 1:43 Elizabeth calls the babe in Mary’s womb ‘our Lord’.
She knew that Jesus was the Christ child and she taught John to know Him as He truly was. This 3rd factor also added to Johns humility.
We too have those same factors in our lives.
We can be filled by the Holy Spirit.
We can choose to have ‘Spirit filled’ men and women as role models.
We can pray for the same ready spirit of repentance that John had
We can be transformed by studying God’s word
If we seek Him, we will find Him and will bow down before Him on humble knees.
Just as the Maji did when they encountered the Christ Child.
We know our God is greater than we are and often it’s not hard to humble ourselves before him, but humbling ourselves before others is often a far greater task.
In Phillippians 2:3 we are commanded to do nothing out of vain glory, rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests but everyone for those of others.
If we are in a right relationship with God, He will make us see our own sins as ‘Planks’ and those of others as ‘specks’ .
In this lesson I’ve learned that I have an important job to do in the building up the esteem others as more important than my self. We are not to depreciate our value but to realize that value in the sense of importance in God’s eyes. As we value His love , we should value others.
Tomorrow we’ll study the way to humbly accept the Word planted in you – our teachability.
‘On Ya’ – ma