Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"The Glory of Humility"

In the short run, humility suffers and apparently loses. "They crucified Him" (Matthew 27:35).

In the long run, however, humility openly wins. "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).

In our own lives as Christ-inhabited believers, the pattern will repeat itself over and over. As our Lord calls us to "walk, even as He walked," countless opportunities for humility will present themselves whereby we forego our interests, reputation and desires in order to glorify the Lord Jesus and bless others (I John 2:6). The way will often be hard, the path painful, and the will of God challenging to our human sensibilities. We will suffer small losses that no one knows about but ourselves and our Heavenly Father. And we will suffer great losses that everyone knows about. Along the way, our hearts will be kept in peace, but the storms will rage in every other venue of our existence. "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22).

"He that loseth his life for My sake shall find it" (Matthew 10:39). Humility wins even as it loses, and it certainly wins in the end. God most reveals His character and nature to us when He leads us along the pathways once trodden by our Savior. Thereby we discover the joy of loving meekness that foregoes many pleasures of the present for the surpassing glories of the future. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). Revealed victory in the future. Veiled, but nevertheless realized victory in the present. This is the way of humility, the way of Christ, and our way as we walk the Blood-stained path that leads to the glory not of arrogance and self affirmation, but of humility.

"Before honor is humility."
(Proverbs 15:33)

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