A GOOD REASON FOR HUMILITY

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A GOOD REASON FOR HUMILITY

Have you ever seen your colleagues mistreat the janitors, or seen service staff get a dressing down from the customers over some trivial mistake? I was at the airport today and I saw a passenger fling his passport over the counter to the check-in staff. His passport landed on her face and he was standing on the carpet marked ‘First Class’. What an irony, isn’t it?

You know, it is very likely that behavior like this was what prompted Paul to write,

“Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.” Galatians 6:2-3 [MSG]

Though the pain is never inflicted on me personally, it hurts nonetheless, whenever I see someone being publicly deemed ‘lowly’ and then ill-treated as a result, as I am sure it does you. Because you see, when someone mistreats another in that manner, it just shows that he or she has forgotten that

“It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us.” Ephesians 2:1-3 [MSG]

Indeed, before Jesus saved us, we really were deserving of nothing but death; because, let’s face it, we all sin. I don’t need to quote scripture for you to know that there were times in your life when you were less than perfect.

“Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.” Ephesians 2:4-6 [MSG]

And “Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7 [MSG]

Did you catch that last bit? That’s right, God our Father has all the time in this world, and the next, to shower grace and kindness upon us. But while we are enjoying His blessings; while we are prospering under His favor; sometimes we forget that right from the beginning,

“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.” John 15:16 [AMP]

We prosper because we are the chosen of our Father. We prosper because we have been appointed, placed and purposefully planted to bear fruit. And we keep on prospering because it is His will that we keep on bearing a fruit that is lasting and that remains. And here comes the best bit, SO THAT, whatever we ask of our Father in Jesus’ name, we get. Got that? That’s right, Jesus chose us, appointed us, placed and purposed us to bear fruit, so that we can have the privilege of getting whatever we ask for from our Father. That is why we are blessed the way we are.

Now, after having known that, how can we still view anyone else as lowly, much less treat them as such? We who are prospering purely because of our Father’s grace and mercy, not because of anything that we have done, but because of all that Jesus has done; how can we be anything but humble toward others?

In fact, humility is THE picture of Jesus because when He was here, truly He exemplified the fact that

“…I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:17

He reached out to the sick, the poor, the lame, the maimed, and He not only shared their burden, He bore their burden, just as He bore the burdens of you and I on the cross. He could have very well let us be, but His love for us did not allow that; and so He came, so that by dying on the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

But what is even better is that Jesus is not alone either. Because our Father has said,

“I’ve been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 [MSG]

And while you are on the way, the Holy Spirit is

“…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMP]

So how can we not reach out and share the burden of those we see?

Beloved, this is not some ‘feel good’ message to promote social self-sustenance. We all have our problems. We all have our burdens to bear. But we should never let our situation occupy our minds till it consumes us, fills us with the need to feel that we are better than those around us and we start abusing them. Because when we do that, we lose sight of Jesus who has never left us nor forsaken us and who is with us always, till the end of the age.

So don’t let your circumstance cloud your vision till you miss Them in action. Remember that humility in sharing the burdens of others is really nothing more than allowing Jesus to open your eyes to just how loved and blessed you truly are.

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