Nik Crown, Director of High School
On Thursday, October 31, 2019
Humility is hard for me. I always want to be better than other people. I want to earn my way through life. I want to do things on my own. I want to be self-sufficient.
The problem is that these things are incompatible with what Jesus wants for me.
Jesus is a picture of perfect humility. In Philippians 2, we see that even though he is God, when he was on earth, he showed humility by serving others, emptying himself, and ultimately dying for people who wanted him dead. This is the example that everyone who say they love Jesus are called to follow.
But what does that look like practically for us today?
I dwelt on this question when I went camping recently. Here’s what was revealed to me:
- Knowing you are going to be replaced. This is true of every job you have. Someday someone is going to come and do it better.
- Knowing you can’t do anything on your own. There is no such thing as a “self-made man.” While some people may accomplish more than others, those people definitely got help from someone at some point.
- Knowing you are worthless without God. Any value you have on this earth is wiped away by the perspective of eternity. The only value we truly have is given to us through the value placed on us by the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross.
- Knowing you are as effective as God lets you be. If God is in control of everything, then he is also in control of your success. This is true not just in everyday success, but in ministry settings as well.
- Knowing you don’t deserve anything good. Because of our sin, we deserve death. Plain and simple. Anything good we get isn’t because of something we did, but because of grace that we are given.
- Knowing you need to be patient for God's timing. This one is hard for me because I am waiting for my back to heal (herniated disks are not fun). But I have to remember that God has the best timing even when it doesn’t fit into my schedule or comfort.
- Knowing the closest I can get to attaining humility is knowing that I will never truly attain it in this lifetime. Because of sin nature, there will always be a part of us that rejects the notion of humility. It is not until we are in the awesome presence of our Lord that true humility will be attained.
My hope in sharing this with you today is that we can be a church that reflects the characteristics of Jesus, and like he did, point back to the power of God. Let's give God the glory and credit that he deserves and in humility start being the church we have been called to be.