Humility

So I was thinking about humility. The Bible talks much about being humble. We are told that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Jesus invites us to be humble like children. Those who humble themselves will be exalted. So what does it mean to be humble? What does it look like? How will we know we are being humble? See, seems to me--and I have often said--if we know we are humble, then we are not humble any longer. Know what I mean? But there was One who could claim to be humble...and still be humble. I am talking, of course, of Jesus. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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." In John's Gospel we have that wonderful lesson on humility. The disciples and Jesus were gathered for the Passover Feast. The meal was being served. Jesus got up from the meal. He took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. He poured water into a basin and washed the feet of the disciples. He then dried their feet with the towel that was wrapped around his waist. How will we know we are being humble? That is a tough one. But what does it look like to be humble? It looks like Jesus. Here is the deal. Jesus' life and ministry...it was not about him. Jesus came for us. Jesus came to save us. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus did not come to be served. Jesus came to serve. Jesus was all about us. When he was arrested and tried, he offered no resistance. Jesus died for us. Jesus was all about us. Jesus still is all about us. That is what humility looks like.  And we are on the road to being humble when we, too, realize it is not all about us.  Or as the Apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus...." Just a little something to think about as we strive to be more like Jesus. Peace and grace to all of you!