Humility: the lowest seat in the house – we can’t do this alone… what is it to be truly humble?
Luke 14:1-14; 22; God has established (y)our intrinsic value - Luke 12; Matt 6 - Jesus didn’t patronize us, patting us on the head and nodding and winking at creation in an attempt to show He cares. No, He put our flesh on and joined us here, stooping to see and meet and empathize and understand - He loved us, in spite of our odor. (John 1:9-14; Mark 9:30-37; Phil 2:1-8; Heb 2)
Sometimes we can be so concerned about our own position and place that we cripple our ability to see the needs of others around us making us unable to render aid - or worse yet, unwilling. And even if we do see a need, we can see it as an obstacle, an annoyance, or at best an inconvenient obligation of “service” or help. We need to understand, that Humility, being truly humble, puts us in a natural position to see, to meet, to aid.
This is not about patronizing, but in fact truly ascribing value. This is learned.
We must get over our flesh’s need and desire to be the best, the first, the only, the center of attention, being needy; being jealous, envious, worried and hurried… This is the process of truly being humble. And humility can only happen when we recognize and remain acquaintanced with our desperate need before God and despite that need God’s having esteemed us by ascribing value and dignity through the life and death and resurrection of His Son - and that, on our behalf - the price paid.
...in view of God’s mercy, offer your body as a living sacrifice… (Rom 12:1) It is essential that we remember that it is God’s mercy toward us that gives us life, His mercy toward us that enables me/us to remain, His mercy toward us that invites us into the kingdom - that He has established our value by his value system - mercy. When we remain grounded in the recognition of God’s mercy, we see ourselves in a right light - humility, humbly.
Blessed are the poor... who mourn, the meek - the humble and gentle, the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5)
This is by no means our natural inclination, but must be learned - taught and caught - practiced in order for the heart and mind to be truly changed, transformed. And this, as we learn to trust the Lord more and more, entrusting to Him more of ourselves as we grow in our confidence and in light of His mercy toward us, humility. (Psalm 25)
Associate with those of lower position - Rom 12:3-13; James 2:4
Applying intrinsic worth/value to others - as to (ascribe) value - respect, esteem, dignify As they have been made in the image of God. The world seeks to diminish one’s intrinsic worth/value by applying worth to position, power, prestige, success, wealth, intellect, etc. Luke 22:25; Matt 20:25; Mark 10:41-42 We have been valued by Christ - this is inestimable and irrevocable It is ours to... live in that truth“...establish” and affirm this grand truth in others by seeing and treating them as such Jesus came to restore intrinsic worth - dignity and esteem. He did this, not by wrestling for or holding on to the place of power (Phil 2:6-7), but by humbly recognizing AND receiving His own intrinsic worth - as spoken of by His Father - and therefore having both the confidence and the strength to (gladly) elevate those around them. (Psalm 2:7; 89:27; Matt 3:17; 11:27; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:33; 9:35; John 3:35; 5:37; 12:28; 8:14; 13:1, 3; Acts 13:33; 16:28; Heb 1:5)
How do we lead from this position - Luke 22; John 13Not lording - asserting dominance Serving - asserting value and care
Things to consider in developing a humble spirit… A sober of self – Matt 5:3-6; Romans 12:3, An elevated view of others - Matt 5:7; Romans 12:9-10, 13-17; James 2 Developing an inclination, a taste, a desire, for the lowest seat - Luke 14:10-11 Developing a desire to serve others - Luke 22:14-16; 24-30; John 13:1-17 Growing in confidence of one’s own identity as God’s child, the Father, through Jesus, held/kept/affirmed by the Spirit - John 1:12; 3:16; Rom 8:14-17; Eph 1:4-6, 13-14; 2; 1John 3:1-3 Not being jealous or envious by the success or position or prestige of others - Matt 6; 20; 25; Mark 10; Luke 22; John 21:18-22 Learning to truly rejoice for the sake or on behalf of others - Luke 7; Rom 12:14-16 Not being debilitated by the disappointment of “not being exalted” by others Or being seen as “the server” - Matt 6:2, 5, 25; John 13:1-17; Phil 2