Humility has roots…
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (James 4:10)
If you have been following Jesus long, you know humility is a core value. However, the path to genuine humility can be challenging to find.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 13, we come to the account of Jesus humbling himself to wash his disciples’ feet. Before he got up from the table, disrobed and stooped to the floor, something was resolute in his heart.
Twice in this account John uses the phrase “Jesus knew” to describe his disposition. What did he know?
“Jesus knew” that his hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father.
“Jesus knew” that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God.
As I said, humility has roots. There is only so much you can do to will yourself to be humble.
You can say the right thing and treat people the right way, but be a wreck inside.
We try to celebrate someone else, but inside we are upset it wasn’t us getting celebrated.
We try to take the less important seat, but inside we are disappointed we haven’t been offered the more important seat.
Humility has roots. (John 13:1-7)
When we “know” our God designed purpose…
When we “know” God’s timing is best…
When we “know” our authority in God…
When we “know” our identity in God…
These roots are counter intuitive. We tend to think humility is derived from perceiving our deficiency, our impoverishment, our lack. Jesus proves this to be inaccurate. How? Perceiving personal lack is impossible for Jesus because he lacks no good thing. Humility is not derived from perceiving our lack, but from knowing our legitimacy. We will never humble ourselves before people if we are fighting for legitimacy…fighting publicly and fighting internally.
It is easy to humble ourselves when we “know” we are legitimate.
Instead of warring against yourself to be humble, sink yourself into “knowing”. Humility has roots.