As Christians, we are called to serve others. We are called to take up our cross and follow Christ’s humble example. Humility, however, is no excuse for complacency. Humility is not the opposite of being successful or great — that is a lie that pride sneaks into our hearts. Jesus wants us to strive to be great — he just redefined greatness.
“They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.””
This can be a tough lesson for many of us. Some may reject this idea altogether with the fear of coming across as weak — their stumbling block is pride. Others may use humility as an excuse to sit in the background and let others get the job done — their stumbling block is complacency.
Whatever your stumbling block is, Jesus has one simple answer:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34–35)
We are commanded to love one another as Christ loves us. We are to love one another genuinely so that we are willing to serve without expecting anything in return. We are to love the unlovable and help the helpless — just as Christ does for us.
So don’t sit back and be average. Don’t let opportunities slip by. Don’t allow your pride or the world to convince you that humility is for the weak. If you think humility is weak, I dare you to spend some time in God’s Word. Read about the life and boldness of Jesus Christ.
By Emily Meadows