3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. NKJV
The dictionary defines humility as “a modest or low view of one’s own importance”.
From this scripture, we see that humility begins in the MIND. It begins with how we see ourselves. That once we are secure in who we are, humility comes naturally.
Because Jesus KNEW who He was; LORD over all things, and that He was God, He decided to wash His disciples’ feet.
It takes security in WHO you are to actually be humble and treat others with honor.
Have you ever met someone who just “fell in money”? They are usually flashy, arrogant, they keep name dropping and talking about their bank balance and how they are not a joking subject. Then compare them to those who are actually wealthy – you may even never know they have any money. They don’t even want to talk about it. They are usually secretly generous and dress down a lot – they have nothing to prove, so they are free to be humble.
Today I ask myself: How do you see yourself? What truly defines you? Is it your rights, parking in that reserved spot, being called by your title, having the last say, your super cool friends, being the boss? What defines you B3?
Once our identity is clear, we will not insist on our rights. We will genuinely treat people with honor, especially those from whom we have nothing to gain.
Humility is simply a fruit of knowing our position in God. Don’t pursue humility. Pursue the root: your identity in Christ as a son and an heir, dearly beloved.
How we see ourselves will determine how we treat others.