Humility’s Life Lessons
5Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7You made him for a little while lower than the angels;you have crowned him with glory and honor. —Hebrews 2:5-7
Hebrews 2:7 summarizes Jesus’ humble life as “a little while.” During this thing called “a little while,” what kind of humility is God teaching you? What thing is God showing you right now about how great He is and how small you are? Maybe you relate to the following four humility lessons that come in life:
I’m not in control. Are you figuring that out? You can’t dictate very much about life. Most of it gets served up to you. You think, I’ve drawn a plan. I’m the architect of my future. No, you’re not. And life will show you. One of the lessons of humility is: I’m not in control of my life, and I’ve come to embrace that as reality.
I’m not the boss. I’m not really the boss of anything. I have to work with other people and get along to make it work. When my kids were younger I would say to them, Hey, get a thimble. I want to fill it full of what you’re in charge of. And now they’re getting older and they’re in charge of a lot more. But they’re going to find out what we’ve all had to find out. You step out in the world; you’re not in charge of very much at all.
I’m not important. You say, Yeah, I am! We’ll see. People spend their whole life trying to show how important they are! Why waste your whole life pursuing importance? Why not embrace the message God’s trying to get through to you? You’re not, and I’m not, and we’re not important; only He is.
I’m not forever. If there’s one thing that turning pages on the calendar brings to your mind, it’s you’re not forever. Kathy and I have been talking about this a lot lately. The 40s felt a lot different than the 30s. I just flipped past another birthday on the calendar and whoa! Do you know what I’m talking about? Where did that year go? Life is not forever. So I better get hold of what it’s really all about, because I don’t have a whole lot of time to figure out life’s humility lessons.
Ask God to open your heart and your eyes to the lessons in humility He has for you.—James MacDonald
· Which of these humility lessons do I still need to learn?
Father, I realize You display Your love to me, not by making things easy, but often by making things hard. You made them hard for Your Son and You make them hard for me because You want me to really learn. I know I don’t always enjoy Your lessons, but I do enjoy seeing I’m making real progress. I enjoy seeing what You can do with and through my life. Please continue to do that work in me, Father, as You will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.