If you think you’re humble – you’re probably not! Genuine humility is a very special quality of life, and those who are truly humble, usually don’t even know it.
There are many qualities of life that make Jesus a truly remarkable Person. But one of the most amazing is His genuine humility. In Philippians 2:8 is says that Jesus “humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”
This word “humbled” comes from the Greek word that means “to depress or abase; to bring low.” In a figurative sense, it means “to humiliate, or make humble.”
Now it is one thing to be humble in the sense of not seeking praise or of trying not to exalt oneself in the eyes of others. But when you actually allow yourself to be mistreated in the process of seeking to help others – then that is a denial of self which is the highest form of humility.
Jesus was God, and He had every right to act like God. But He humbled Himself and took our punishment for sin. Watch Him on trial for His life. Look at Him being whipped and mocked by the soldiers. See Him carry the cross and collapse under its weight. Gaze upon Him as He hangs suspended on a cross with nails through His hands and feet. That is the ultimate expression of humility because He did it for you.
God wants us to humble ourselves—just like Jesus did. So, how is it going?