One morning as I prayed, I reflected on the humility of Jesus. He left the glory of Heaven where He was worshipped and praised, where He was with God, the Father. Jesus, God the Son became the Son of God and the Son of man. He humbled Himself when He came here on earth in that He came to serve and not to be served. He came in the flesh as one of us. There was humility in His birth. He was born in a manger surrounded by animals and hay.
He was the Son of a carpenter and He too was a carpenter, which makes sense. It ties in with His ministry here on earth. A carpenter builds. Jesus came here to build a relationship between God and us. He came to build a relationship between Himself and us and with one another. And when He was to return to His Father, He built a relationship between the Holy Spirit and us. Jesus was humble in that everything He said and did was of the Father. He was obedient to the Father in all things, following His will even onto death. He placed the Father first and us second.
Jesus was humble in appearance and in behaviour. He wanted to teach us that we should be humble. God loves humility but resists pride. Humility allows for God to be in our lives. It allows us to love Him completely and to totally surrender to His will. It allows us to recognize our need for Him. It allows us to love others and each out to them. Humility allows us to give of ourselves—to be selfless. Humility is of the Spirit. We should be humble in spirit. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” and “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth”. Because of His humility and faithfulness, Jesus is now exalted and is sitting at the right hand of God. He is now King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His name is above all other names.
Jesus taught us that in being humble we allow God to us to fulfill His plans. We open ourselves for His will to be done in us for His glory and for the benefit of others. In doing everything the Father commanded Him to do, Jesus made it possible for us to receive the grace of God by which we are saved from the wages of sin. Humility led to salvation and an inheritance of the kingdom of God.
Self-exaltation is a deterrent to God. It is what got Lucifer cast down from Heaven. Psalm 138:6 says “Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off”. God has no regard for the proud, for those who like to puff themselves up and boast. They put themselves before God and look down on others. They are self-involved and do not keep the commandments of God. They love themselves more than God and others. Their self-importance blinds them to His will.
The Bible speaks clearly of God’s view of the proud. We should be humble as our Lord Jesus was. Pride leaves no room for God to work with us on in us.