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HUMILITY: The Cost and Reward (1 Peter 2:21-25, Philippians 2:3-8, Isaiah 53)

on November 14, 2013

Working through my 1 Peter Bible study this morning on treating others with humility, I was reminded afresh of the amazing, seemingly impossible, example of Jesus Christ in this area.

If we truly want to be humble, like Jesus, it is not impossible.  Philippians 2 says that we should have a humble mind, which is our IN CHRIST.  When we surrender our lives to Him, He exchanges our normal way of thinking for His way of thinking.  And Jesus was ALWAYS putting the needs of other’s first–humility!  He served others to the extreme of dying for them–even enemies.

The end of 1 Peter 2 reminded me of the prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 53.  I encourage you to read it today, and be amazed by the humility of our Savior.  Jesus was despised, rejected, grieved, undesirable, not esteemed, afflicted, crushed, sorrowful, stricken, smitten, oppressed, wounded, anguished, poured out, and judged.  JESUS allowed Himself to be all those things on account of our sins, transgressions, and iniquities.  His humility under the crushing weight of the sins of mankind and the grief that He carried because of our sins qualified Him to have the power to rescue us from them–to make us righteous, to give us peace, and to heal us spiritually.

I don’t generally want the descriptive words of Isaiah 53 to be applied my life.  I want ease, comfort, to be esteemed, loved, poured into, and accepted by others.  But when life is about my comfort and stroking my pride, my hands are tied in the area of serving others and allowing God to use me to point them to His ability to give peace and healing to their lives.  I must have Christ-like humility to be used by God.

Lord, change me.

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