John Dickson wrote a great book that I highly recommend called Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership. In it, he talks about how countercultural humility was in Jesus’ day. I think that could be said of our day as well. Dickson defines humility as “the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself” (pg. 24). Philippians 2 details this even more in talking about Jesus:
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus chose to give up His rightful status for you and me. He chose to give up the riches of Heaven to become human like us. Why would He do that? Because of His great love for us. Love compelled Him to become one of us and to die in our place. His resurrection proved that He is God and is worthy to be our Savior.
Did you know you are loved by God today? He gave the very best He had to give just to make a way for us to know Him and be in a relationship with Him today. You are loved.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach