I don’t know about you, but I love the Food Network! Jesus and the Food Network got me through my college years. I loved shows where chefs had to compete against each other. What got my attention the most was when the chefs introduced themselves. They begin with all the chefs speaking about themselves and there was always one chef who thought they were the best. This person would talk so much about how much better they were than all the other chefs. You know the funny thing about those chefs is that they were always the first ones out of the competition! I wonder, as the church, can we sometimes consider ourselves better than other people? We want others to know how good we are and by doing this we can put ourselves above others. Here is the point I hope to get across church: It is not about you! Humility is making sure people don’t see us but Christ through us!
Can you imagine what the church would look like if we were really humble? Not a fake humility trying to impress people but a humility that has an attitude of putting people above yourself. We must not let pride live inside our hearts. Pride made the devil, the devil! Pride can creep in anywhere; the church is no exception. Pride says look at me; I’m a Christian, and I am better than you. Humility says look at me; I’m a Christian, and I want you to be better than me!
How can we learn to live in humility? Study Jesus! Here’s the deal: before you can be humble before people; you need to be humble before God. All throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus uses the words not and nothing a lot. He came down not to do His own will and said He could do nothing on His own. Jesus made himself nothing so God could be everything! We must do the same in our own life. We lose nothing by giving all to God.
Like Jesus, we can’t just talk the talk, but we have to walk the walk. In John 13:1-17, we see Jesus not just talk about being humble; but he backed it up. He washed the disciples (stinky) feet. The man who had equal status with God was now acting as a servant to men who should’ve been washing his feet. That’s the thing about Jesus; he lowered himself down in order to lift others up. Remember telling people how humble you are has no power but showing people humility has the power to change their lives.
If you want the highest life, you have to take the lowest path. 1 Peter 5:6 tells us, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, he may lift you up in time.” Let’s never be humble to make our self-look good. At times, we feel we need constant validation or to be recognized. The thing is Jesus didn’t heal, serve, and save people to make himself look good; he did to make God look good. We need to not want to be seen, so we can have peace being behind the scene. It is when we live like this that God will show us favor and open doors of opportunity for us!