Humility is a response to the character of God.
God has no beginning and no end. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He deserves all of our worship and praise for what He has done and continues to do in our life.
On the other hand, we are humans created by God. And while we are the crowns of God's creation, we are nothing without our Creator God.
Yet so often, we act like we are God. We allow our pride to take over and forget that any of our strengths or accomplishments would not exist without God. The only proper response in light of God's greatness is to respond with humility in our interactions with the people around us.
Jesus is the ultimate example of humility.
Jesus is the Son of God. And in the beginning, Jesus was part of creating the heavens and the earth. As the Son of God, there is nothing in Heaven of on the earth that isn't under Jesus' command. Yet Jesus chose to become one of us. He was born as a baby and walked among us. He developed calloused hands as He worked in a carpenter's shop. The dirt of the road caked His feet as He traveled to show love to others. Jesus willingly left the majesty and glory of Heaven to laugh and cry as He was fully human.
Jesus' ultimate act of humility on Earth was sacrificial death. He could have called down an angel army to protect him, but instead allowed Himself to be wrongly accused and arrested. He could have been worshiped with a gold crown and royal robes, but instead wore a crown of thorns. Jesus deserved praise and adoration, but sacrificed Himself for us.
We live in a world that's all about putting ourselves first. Jesus lived in a world like that, too. He could have looked out for Himself, called 10,000 angels to come and rescue Him. But He didn't. Out of his love for us, He chose the humble route and put us first. It cost Him everything.
Putting others first will cost you something: your time or money. Maybe it will cost you some pride. But when we choose to follow Jesus with our lives, believing that His death an resurrection made it possible for us to be right with God, the least we can do is put others first even if it's a bit uncomfortable and cost us something.
We think it's important, especially at Easter, for us to help our kids and families discover more about humility - putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.
Our memory verse for April comes from Philippians 2:3. It reads, "Don't do anything only to get ahead. Don't do it because you're proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourself." (NIrV)
The verse is part of a passage that describes Jesus' humility. Jesus left everything He deserved to humble himself to save us. As we respond to Jesus' love, we can show humility as we love on those around us.
As we celebrate Jesus' life, death, and resurrection this Easter season, we'll be taking a closer look at the way humility shows up throughout the end of Jesus' time on Earth.