Humility is becoming a rare virtue in our days. Many construe it for weakness preferring to appear strong and bold. At a time when we encourage people to speak out and make a statement, a humble person is easily ignored and dismissed. Contrary to what many people think, humility is not a weakness but the ability to bring great power under control. Jesus Christ preferred to enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey rather than use the then privileges or trappings of power. He was able to reach out the ordinary and common people who identified with them as he entered the city amidst enormous celebrations. Jesus did not lose his status as the Messiah because he humbled himself. He was actually able to reach out to many that he would not have reached to if he came in as a king. He was no less the Son of God because he used a donkey. He knew that the only way up is going down. He did not opt for the worldly ways of going up by stepping on others. He was not interested in the trappings of power for he is the source of all true power. Where are you tempted to make a statement so that people can know who you are? Where are you tempted to exalt yourself because you feel demeaned and ignored? The scriptures says that whosoever exalts himself will be humbled. You lose nothing by being humble. You indeed give God the chance to lift you up. If God lifts you, it is his responsibility to keep you up there, but if you lift yourself, you have to sustain yourself up there. God’s children still prefer a donkey today because they know what it means to have real power under control!
“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 NKJV
Last modified: April 15, 2020