Humility is simply recognizing that we were created by God for His purpose and by allowing God to be all sufficient in all we do. Jesus displayed this when He became the Son of Man, being in subordination to God the Father by giving God the honor and the glory that was due Him.
Jesus constantly gave explanations regarding the work He came to do, which was that of the Father. Jesus would say of Himself, “the Son can do nothing of Himself; My teaching is not Mine; I do nothing of Myself; I have not come of Myself, but He sent Me; I seek not mine own glory; the word which ye hear is not Mine; I speak not from Myself; I seek not Mine own will.”
The constant and relentless theme of Jesus’ teaching was that His life’s work was to do the will of the Father. The Almighty God and Creator could use Him and work through Him to redeem mankind. Jesus emptied Himself and quitted and resigned Himself of His own will and power so that God could be all in Him. Jesus lived a life relinquished of self in absolute submission and dependence on The Father and to do His will.
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. NIV
Jesus understood He had lost nothing by submitting all to God and by humbling Himself before men. Jesus knew His Father and knew that God would highly exalt those who humble themselves before Him. This is a spiritual principle, those who will exalt themselves God will bring down and those who humble themselves God will exalt.
Jesus submitted Himself to every railing, beating and even the death of the cross all while trusting God to be faithful to His promise. Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God on high. God honors those who trust Him.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. NIV
The humility Jesus displayed is a state of mind and a disposition of the soul. It is one that deliberately denies self and dies to prideful exaltation, while knowing that The Almighty God Jehovah is engineering and orchestrating every detail of our lives. This humility does not question the Creator or ask, “What have You done? Why am I here? Why have You made me this way? Humility recognizes the Potter’s power and authority to fashion the clay into whatever is needful and without question.
Romans8:13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Some things we experience are for the glory of God. Our ability to walk through the hard challenges of life in love and in meekness may be the very thing God uses to help someone else to make it through life challenges. Just as Jesus experienced, railing and ridicule against Himself, it was not for Himself but for our benefit. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and we can have peace because of His chastisement. This is humility, Jesus is our standard not our experiences or the sayings of this world.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. KJV
Our life should reflect the life of Christ in knowing that it is God who works in all things and it is our responsibility to yield to God in perfect dependence and in full consent to be a vessel and a channel through which God can manifest Himself to a lost world. The very life of Jesus was a spirit of humility as a servant of God. We must count ourselves servants of God to show men God’s riches, His power, goodness and love.
2 Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that vail removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image. NLT
God wants to work through us to be able to do His work of love in the earth. This can only be done in relationship with God, knowing Him as our Abba-Father. The God, who cares, provides and loves us all, while He is transforming us to be like Christ.
John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, and the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. NIV
Hebrew 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. NIV
With total trust in God as a loving Father can we duplicate the life Christ lived; in total dependence on God, knowing that He is the Most High God and that He rewards those who persistently seek him.