Notes from "The Power of a Humble Life" class
As we have seen, to be truly humble you have to be kind and gentle… but also brave and fearless. You cannot have one without the other. This polarity of characteristics in humility is most clearly seen in the life of Jesus. In Revelations 5:5-6, Jesus is referred to as both a lion and a lamb. In Matthew 11, He refers to Himself as gentle and meek. He was the meekest and lowliest of all the sons of men, yet He said that he would come on the clouds of heaven in the glory of God.
He was so austere that evil spirits and demons cried out in terror at His coming, yet He was so genial, winsome, and approachable that children loved to play with Him, and the little ones nestled in His arms. No one was ever half so kind or compassionate towards sinners, yet no one ever spoke such scorching words about sin. He would not break the bruised reed and His whole life was love, yet on one occasion He demanded of the Pharisees how they expected to escape the damnation of hell. He was a servant of all, washing the disciples’ feet, yet masterfully He strode into the Temple, and the hucksters and traders fell over one another in their mad rush to get away from the fire they saw blazing in His eyes.
If God gave you the task of creating a life, any life, for your son or your daughter, that would enable them to have a huge influence on the world, what would you choose?
Assume you can determine their giftedness, their achievements, their wealth. What would you choose? Most of us would choose power and influence, some type of celebrity status, a mover and a shaker, or a person of substance whose character, opinions, and actions extended deeply into the world of commerce and politics.
I ask that question because God could have easily provided any of them for Jesus. Yet, he lived a very quiet life with His parents for thirty years as a carpenter. He left almost no traces of Himself on earth, and He never owned any belongings or possessions that could be enshrined in a museum. He never wrote anything. He allowed Himself to be taken into custody. He was mocked, beaten, spat upon, and stripped naked in front of a massive crowd. He was taken to the cross and crucified between two criminals for all the world to see. This was the ultimate act of humility, that Jesus Himself, the Son of the living God, the King of all Kings, would allow Himself to die a humiliating death on a cross. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians… “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Dn. Reese Wiggins
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