18 May 2014-
Happiness and Humility are two words that don't seem to fit together. They essentially feel like opposites because it hurts to submit to authority and go through humbling situations and seasons of life. But humility reallydoes bring us happiness! I'll tell you why.
A humble person has the freedom to be wholly and completely who they are. They don't have to impress anybody. They don't feel pressured to be perfect or see themselves in competition with other people. They simply want to be the best version of them that they can be.
And that's what God wants for you and me. He doesn't see one person as more important than another. He gives us each the gifts and talents that we possess, as well as our privileges and position in life. It all comes from Him! So whether we are highly gifted in some area or we have an impressive job title, we are no more valuable to God than someone who seems to have fewer talents or whose work seems insignificant based on a worldly viewpoint.
Meekness, which is a form of humility, is another word that's often misunderstood. A lot of people think it means weakness, or letting other people walk all over you. But meekness is actually strength under control. It's leaning on God to get you through tests and trials that, without His help, would be impossible for you to get through. I think it's encouraging to know that God would never ask us to humble ourselves if He hadn't done so first.
Jesus is our great example of meekness.
The Bible says that He, "Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being" (Philippians 2:6-7 AMP).
Jesus was wholly God. He had no sin or worldly defects. Yet He humbled Himself and became human so that God's work could be carried out in the earth.
Jesus humbled Himself to the fullest…but look what happened.