Humble Servant

Keith Knight

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor."  I Peter 5:6

We live in a world where self-promotion and self-glorification are common place.  We are bombarded by it in the advertising world, in the media and in the workplace.  The world shouts, "look out for #1", or in other words, "it's all about me."  A worldview communicating that is to get ahead; you need to elevate yourself by putting others down.  Criticizing others will make you look better, it's a common occurrence.  Again, this is the world's standard, not God's.

But, the Bible offers us a different choice, a radical paradigm shift from what the world offers.  The Bible tells us in I Peter 5:6, "So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor."  Are you more concerned about human praise, self-elevation, and self-promotion, or to humble yourself before God?  Your value, your self-worth, your esteem comes from God.  To humble yourself means that you recognize that your worth comes from God alone, despite your position.

I have a good Christian friend who attended medical school after graduating from high school.  After graduating, he went on to become a doctor at Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado.  He had a prestigious job, a very prominent man who loved helping people.  One day, he made a decision to leave this influential job and to go into the missionary field.  By the world's standards, he was crazy.  Today, he's still in the medical field as a  missionary doctor in Nairobi, Africa, humbly serving God.  I think of many people who humble themselves and faithfully serve God, like the nursery care volunteer at church caring for babies behind the scenes, or the cleaning/maintenance person who works in the background caring for God's House.

Jesus is our model, He set the standard.  Jesus challenged societies norm and throughout scripture, we read that greatness comes from being a humble servant.  Being humble keeps you aware of others needs and stops us from focusing on ourselves.  Mark 10:45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Are you seeking to promote yourself or Jesus Christ?  How can you be a humble servant?

The first step is to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, then humbly serve Him!!

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