The Power of Humility
Tuesday - May 26th
Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Matthew 20:25-28
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:17-20
...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
The disciples found themselves in a heated argument. The mother of James and John had approached Jesus about making her sons the leading princes in His Kingdom. As you can imagine, that did not sit well with the other ten. The argument got so heated that Jesus had to step in and address the debate about who would be leaders in His Kingdom.
Jesus made it clear that His Kingdom's priorities and values would be radically different from the world's. Then, he referenced his own example of coming into the world to be our Savior. He came not to be served but to serve. Now, think about the creator of everything, the God of the universe, that does not expect to be served. He intentionally chose to serve others. To serve those made in His image. To serve those who will stand before Him as their Judge one day.
Jesus did not just say it, He lived it. He served everyone and anyone within His sphere of opportunity.
I still try to wrap my mind around the concept that God would encase Himself in flesh and expect no one to serve Him. Just that concept alone blows my mind. But, then...then...He purposefully finds ways to serve and help others - us, human beings who rebelled and continue to rebel against Him and Who He is. He is definitely a different kind of King with a different kind of Kingdom!
What does that say about us? As His followers, how do we reflect those same values? How do we set aside our pride and position and find ways to come alongside others to help them with their everyday needs?
It starts by understanding and learning from Jesus' example. To live and love like Jesus requires a teachable spirit. To have a teachable spirit, you need humility. As you pray today and for the next several days, pray on your knees. I know that physically bowing does not mean you have to be bending on the inside. But, physically getting on your knees as you pray, can be a powerful reminder of the humility you seek to cultivate in your heart. If the outward bowing is matched with an inward bowing to the Lord, the Holy Spirit can cultivate true humility in you.
Remember, Jesus said the way to lead in His Kingdom is actually serving. Serving others requires humility.