Thursday, March 25, 2010
lenten 40: day 32 - humble thyself
10But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
i think humility is a lost art among Christians these days. everyone seems more concerned with shouting their views and opinions - at times in loveless ways - with hopes of getting their point across. now i am in no way perfect and i certainly struggle with pride as much as the next guy, but i have become more aware, as of late, with practicing humility in all areas of my life.
the problem with humility is that it is often misunderstood. we hear the word 'humility' and we think of 'humiliation.' humiliation is when someone is put down or shamed or made look bad. basically, someone is placed in a lowly state.
to be humble is to willingly place ones self in a lowly state - so as to not allow pride to control ones life.
Jesus practiced humility in that he served the unservable, loved the unlovable and, in turn, reached the unreachable.
Lent should be a time to remember the importance of humbleness. we aught not think of ourselves higher than we our. standing on soap boxes screaming at the world... yelling without listening... it is futile. it is not Christ-like. and frankly, it's time for the church to grow up, shut up and serve the world.
opinions are just that... opinions. truth is truth. when we try to mix the two, pride will no doubt creep in and before we know it, we have lost all sense of humility. if we are not careful, that will lead to our own humiliation and demise. sometimes it's not about being right... it's about being light... a light that extinguishes darkness. [1 john 1:5-10]
remember who it was who wanted Jesus put to death? the pious religious leaders, filled with pride. if only they had remained humble in heart, mind, word and action.
we are a merely a week away from the day of remembrance... the day Christ took to the cross - in the humblest of ways - so that we may have life. don't forget what humility has done for you.