Christ’s Closet: Humility

Read: Luke 9:46-48

I am once again continuing this week with the encouragement from Colossians 3:12-17 to clothe ourselves with the characteristics from Christ’s life. This week it is humility. What a great lesson to learn from the one who was truly the greatest person to walk this earth, and yet he was a servant to all and died for all.

Leslie Flynn once said, “If you’re humble, you don’t write the book on how humble you are, with twelve life-sized pictures in it.” I will keep that in mind as I write this midweek meditation because by no means do I claim to have this humility thing all figured out.

In fact I think many of us find ourselves in the same shoes as the disciples in this passage from Luke. We think of ourselves much too quickly. The one amazing thing about this passage in Luke 9 is that two verses before that the disciples begin arguing about who is the greatest even though Jesus was telling them about the death he was going to die for them.

Jesus must have been really frustrated at that point, as frustrated as a sinless man can be. He turns to them and uses a child as an example and says to them, “For it is the one who is the least among you all who is the greatest.”

Robert Morrison writes, “The great fault, I think, in our mission is that no one likes to be second.” This is definitely true in sports, who plays the game to finish second? But Morrison is speaking about our mission of faith and not a sporting event. It is valuable to put others before ourselves in the most important needs in life.

The apostle Paul encourages us to run the race of faith in a way to win the race, but he doesn’t say to trample over others on your way to victory. These are valuable things to remember in a world that is very self-focused and absorbed with looking out for number one.

As we awake each morning may we put on the humble attitude of Jesus Christ as we head out into the world. May we look for ways to put others before ourselves, and may the light of Christ be seen through us.

Make it personal: Pray for humility this week. Ask the Lord to show you ways that humility can become the main character trait that people see in your life. One thing is for sure, humility will never backfire or let you down!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church