A Lamb in a grassy field

Humility

This is a quality that breaks through locked doors, melts hard hearts, and attracts God’s grace. It’s something we ALL need to grow and thrive in life. 

Pride makes excuses and humility makes adjustments. 

This gives a clear insight into what pride does and what humility does. After all, pride is competing with humility, and whoever wins determines so much in our lives. 

This is ongoing throughout life because things come up and adjustments need to be made. This touches every part of our lives and when we’re humble, things grow and flourish. 

The results of humility are evident with healing, forgiveness, favor, opportunities, empowerment, and so much more.

However, when we make excuses we get stuck and things begin to wither away. This happens way too much in marriages, families, churches, friendships, corporations, and beyond. 

The results of pride are evident with hurt, unforgiveness, strife, stubbornness, resistance, shame, and division.

The results are opposed to each other but both cause a chain reaction.

Jesus is a great model of humility. He led through it, loved through it, and connected to people through it. This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and with His entry into Jerusalem, He displayed humility. 

”7. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8. he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.“

Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭7‬-‭8‬

He rode on a donkey giving significance to what He was doing and who He was. It was a message of serving other verses and lording over them. He is the Christ, the Son of God and He took the posture of a servant. His humility changed the world and gave us the gift of salvation. 

”Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’”

Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭5‬

Jesus is our King! 

Not because He crushed people, but because He loved people. He’s our Reigning King who’s coming back for His church and He will reign forever and ever. 

We worship Him, love Him, and live for Him because of who He is! So the more He gets in us, the more humility we have in our lives.

Humility makes adjustments!

Whatever they are, here is the follow-up question, will you make them?

Jesus changed the world by being a humble leader. The early church impacted Rome through humility. One Cesar said, “Oh Galilean, you have conquered our gods.”

The gods of Rome were defeated because the early church followed the example of Jesus and walked out of their faith through humility. 

Today, we have the same opportunity. We can impact our families, neighborhoods, cities, states, nations, and the world one person at a time through humility. 

This is so important God says this, 

”And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬

Notice that through humility we receive grace to be what God has called us to be. 

Humility is attractive. Pride is ugly. Humility is empowering. Pride is power-hungry. Humility is life-giving. Pride is suffocating. Humility is Christ-like. Pride is devil-like. Humility is healing. Pride is damaging. Humility is refreshing. Pride is demoralizing.

Hear two ways to walk our humility.

1st – Be willing to adjust.

This is huge. When we’re willing to adjust new growth can happen. This is with anything in our lives. At some point, we will need to adjust something. If we don’t, bad things will follow. When we do, great things will follow.

But we know this, so it’s not by acumen that we get it. It’s by the Holy Spirit changing our hearts. 

Most of us know what to do. The challenge is doing it.

In many ways, humility is foreign to us. It’s not what we do but through the Holy Spirit, we can do it because of His ability in us.  

So I encourage you, to be willing to adjust in any area of your life. Let go of excuses and begin to adjust. 

2nd – Be a part of something bigger than you.

Pride feeds on self-absorbing attitudes. When we live for me, myself, and I; we’re trapped.

When we live for something bigger than ourselves, we can thrive and grow. When we choose to live for something bigger, humility is ignited within us. 

This is how we see the bigger purpose and the needs of others on a bigger scale. Pride shrinks us, humility expands us.

God wants to use our lives for His purpose. So when we allow ourselves to be a part of something bigger than us, we grow and discover what we can do to make an impact. 

Living only for what we want is boring. Living for what God wants in us and for others, is an adventure.

This is what we need and this is what we’re called to.

This Palm Sunday weekend, let’s worship Jesus and remember who He is and what He did. Let our hearts be open to Him so that we become more like Him!

I encourage you to make adjustments. Choose humility. This will give Jesus a chance to work in our lives! 

Have a great day and the best is yet to come!

PD

Pastor David Norris

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