The english word for humility stems from the latin noun humilitas which means lowly or without elevation. It’s related to the latin noun humus, which is the earth, soil, and ground.
Jesus constantly found ways to insert the concepts of lowliness and servitude into the hearts of His disciples. The 3 1/2 year Ministry of Jesus Christ can be summed up under one job position: Servant.
“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” [Luke 22:27]
Yes, being a Servant is the highest and preeminent job position. In God’s eyes, When you serve you are held in higher regard than a Doctor, Judge, Lawyer, and President. In the Kingdom of God, service reigns supreme, so supreme that God’s own Son came to lay down His life for the sins of the world. He did not just die but was led ‘like a lamb’ to the slaughter. He came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” [Mark 10:45]. He came to willingly pay the fine for our sin and to bail us out of our imprisonment to the power of sin and death. What an amazing Saviour.
In his classic book, ‘Humility’ (1884) South African Pastor, Andrew Murray stated: “In heaven and earth, pride, and self-exaltation are the gate and the birth and the curse of hell.” A heavy statement indeed. It was self exaltation and trying to make himself like God that caused one of the highest ranking Cherubs in Heaven [Lucifer] to be casted down and out of his position in Heaven. So if humility can exalt you to angelic holiness, then pride can cast you down to devilish status. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” [Proverbs 16:18].
Jesus Christ, being in the form of God, was able to absorb the harshest insults and torment for you and I. Had Jesus been consumed with self, then He would not have done what He did for the world. Had He not been meek and lowly then there would be no redemption for us sinners.
We all know of Christ’s exaltation and His name being mentioned across the Earth; But we should also care to know Christ’s lowliness in ministry. By doing so we receive redemption from self. Whatever insults are said of us and whatever pain we are subject to, will be swallowed up in humility.
You might ask, what could really cause one to be in a state of entire nothingness? Why would one consider himself to be nothing? Well, believe it or not, but this is the very state God intends for His children to be in. Where the creature lives a life of entire dependence on the Creator. A state at which the creature is but only a vessel for the Creator to operate within. Consider Christ’s humility:
“Who being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage. But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. [Philippians 2:6-9]
My Christian brethren, in whatever job you are given to do, and in whatever prestige you attain in life, you have no justifiable reason to exalt yourself. It is at God’s discretion to determine who is exalted and who is abased. So here is some good news, God promises that He will exalt those who humble themselves.
“May you be clothed in Christ’s humility and begin to experience the unceasing operation of God’s power in your life. Amen.”