Matthew 20:25-28, Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
My friend, Rob Strickland, shared a quote last week by D.T. Niles, “The gospel is just one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread.” What a great perspective for us. It reminds us of the humble place by which we can be most effective in sharing Christ. Approaching another with an attitude of superiority is offensive, and it nullifies anything we might share with them. So humility is a must if we are to bring our fellow beings to Christ.
Jesus talked frequently about humility. He knows that it is a stumbling block for us. The humble place goes against our sinful nature. Therefore, it represents a major place of struggle for us. Pride, the opposite of humility, gets us into a lot of trouble. Initially, it is our hindrance for coming to Jesus, and then it interferes in our walk with Jesus.
God in his great wisdom provides many opportunities for his children to become more humble. We usually see these opportunities as problems. Trusting God through our problems grows our faith and naturally makes us more humble. The more we surrender to God the closer we get to him, and the more humble we become. This makes us more effective when sharing the good news. Humility is a must, and God is always working on his messengers.