Webster’s Dictionary defines humility as: Humility (humble) means being God-reliant (agreement with God) rather than self-reliant.
I cannot tell you how many times it has been said to me, “Ken, we need more humility, we need to push ourselves down so God can be lifted up.”
Often, I hear people assert with complete conviction, “John knew about humility. After all, in speaking about Jesus and himself, he said in He must become greater; I must become less (John 3:30). I have noticed the emphasis is typically on the latter part of John’s statement, “I must become less”.
John’s statement was true for him and him alone. His statement was not designed for us to hold onto and declare for our self. John the Baptist had a specific role ordained by God as the forerunner or precursor of Jesus, who was the foretold Messiah.
THE NEW TESTAMENT GOSPELS SPEAK OF JOHN’S ROLE
In Luke 1:17, the role of John is referred to as being “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
In Luke 1:76 “…you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways.”
Luke 1:77 “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.”
John needed to make the statement “He must become greater; I must become less”, because people were looking to him as the possible Messiah or the prophet Elijah (see John 1:19-21) and in both questions his response was “No, I am not”.
So knowing this, it makes sense as to why John had to shrink back. He shrunk back so the people who were looking for the Messiah would recognize Jesus as the One for whom they were hoping.
HOW DO WE AS NEW COVENANT BELIEVERS LIVE IN HUMILITY?
The word humility or humble actually means, “to agree with God”. Look at this familiar passage; humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up (James 4:10). This passage is saying, “Come into agreement with God, and He will lift you up”.
WHAT FRUIT WILL I EXPERIENCE IF I AGREE WITH GOD?
James 4:10 tells us the fruit: “He will lift you up”. He will lift us up to truth and truth will renew your mind as to who He says you are to Him. He will lift you up into joy. He will lift you up to experience kingdom power. God does not want you to shrink back so He can be more exalted. When you come into agreement with God you are exalting Him. When you come into agreement with God, “Living Lighter Today” is the outcome!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
In what ways have you exalted God by humbling yourself?