March 7, 2023
I once thought a humble person was someone who was quiet, shy, introverted, lacked confidence, did not stand up for oneself and feared others.
I have learned that is not what a humble person is. A humble person is someone God highly values.
Isaiah 66: 1 This is what the Lord says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? 2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the Lord. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.
God said He highly values those who are humble and contrite in spirit and highly honor and respect his word.
To be humble is to understand what it means to be a servant of God.
Luke 17: 7 "Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? 8 Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "
As servants of God our worth to God is because we serve Jesus as our Lord. We serve God not so in exchange he will serves us but we serve God because we love him and have given our life to him. It is believing your worth to God is because we have been purchased by the blood of his Son.
Jesus teaches that those who are humble will be blessed by inheriting this earth.
Matthew 5: 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Meekness is humility toward God and toward others. It is having the right or the power to do something but refraining for the benefit of someone else. Paul urged meekness when he told us “to live a life worthy of the calling [we] have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1–2).
Being meek like this Jesus said we will be blessed by inheriting the earth.
Being meek is letting your good actions speak for themselves its not to prove yourself worth to others. It’s using your gifts, talents and knowledge to help others and not to bolster oneself and seek accolades. Those who are meek will be blessed by God by inheriting respect, honor and success in this earth
Jesus said we should learn how to be humble like him and we will find rest for our souls.
Matthew 11: 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
God called Moses the most humble man on earth.
Numbers 12: 3 Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.
Jesus being the Son of God and Moses, God’s chosen prophet had the power to act on behalf of God but always refrained themselves to always do God’s will and not their own so that God would always be glorified. They would be humble, gentle and patient, bearing the weakness of others by loving them.
We see this when Moses pleaded with God not to destroy the Israelites several time for their contempt towards God and God listen to him and forgave them.
Jesus asked his Father to forgive his crucifiers as he was dying on the cross.
Luke 23: 34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
The love Jesus and Moses had for people made them humbly seek God’s forgiveness for weakness of people.
Our humbleness comes through the knowledge we receive by the Holy Spirit’s teaching of God’s word which is called the sword of God and it must always be used to serve Jesus and never abuse its power.
The power of God truth can turn some to become arrogant, and self-seeking if not humbly used out of love for God. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not do this so Jesus would always confront them for abusing it.
So, as we mature in our knowledge of Jesus it should make us more humble and never puff ourselves up.
1 Corinthians 8: Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
We must always love others and always exercise the freedom we have in Christ out of love for God.
1 Corinthians 8: 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
So, we must always refrain ourselves from exercising the freedom we have through Jesus before others so that we cause those weak in their faith to stumble. It to do all things with the compassion Jesus had for people by leading with forgiveness and loving them with the love Jesus has loved us with.
Paul defines the love of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 13: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
So, humbleness is not being shy, fearful and unconfident it is being right and powerful in the knowledge we have in Jesus doing everything out of love for him and then we will be blessed by God and inherit the earth.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.