Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Humility

Many times we believe that we are too good to do certain things. We may feel that because we have reached a certain age, degree, status, and such that certain jobs, situations, or activities are beneath us. I have been through this recently due to having to work a certain shift and performing job duties that I felt were beneath me. I often said and thought things like, "I make X amount of dollars a year!" and, "I have a college degree!" These feelings ensued the feeling that these tasks were fit for someone lesser than me. Then while studying Philippians, I really thought about the second chapter. Philippians 2:5-11(NIV) says:

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Quite spiritually, this stirred much different, much holier thoughts in me. I realized that if Jesus can come all the way down from Heaven to the form of man and die for us, an unwanted shift or duty is not so bad. Another thought came when I realized God rewards humility. Jesus took the deepest plunge and now his name is above all names. So if I take this plunge the Lord will make me better for it in some way. Maybe there was a blessing waiting for me that I had to learn a lesson of humility first to receive? Maybe someone else needed to see me accept this work and endure it like a true born again believer so God can witness to them through me. Maybe I'll never know why, but that's quite alright because I know God has it all in control and he is taking care of everything. After all, if he gave his only son for us to die, what makes us think he is not taking care of all aspects of our lives. Or, maybe not what, but who wants us to believe that?...

While going through I learned to talk to the Lord more, praise him more, and study his word much more. This was the only way I could have made it through. While having to lean on the Lord more I realized that I truly must rely on only him at all times for absolutely everything, not just the, "big stuff". While realizing that I rely on the Lord for everything I truly understood Philippians 4:11-13(KJV):

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Through this humiliation the Lord showed me how weak I really was. I understood that by myself I am nothing, but when I put Jesus first in my life, do what he wants me to do, and acknowledge that he is the only reason for my success and strength, then I am ready to move on to new challenges and more blessings, because now he has made me ready to handle them. Sometimes Jesus has to put something in our way to help us see/remember that he is in control and that we must keep Him first.