The height of humility

I was reading DeviantArt, and I came across a post with this title.

And I saw this as the artwork:

The height of humility

Actually, this is a reasonably Biblical attitude… but I felt that it lacked a reason, a driver for humility.

There are a lot of poor people, weak people, humble and meek people out there.

There is nothing wrong about being poor, or weak, or humble, or meek.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
-- II Corinthians 12:8-9, ESV

But… God wants the poor, the weak, the humble, the meek to be respected.

He identified with them.

And… the purpose of life is not to be a rug other people, Our Betters, wipe their feet on.

When we wipe our feet on the poor, the weak, the humble, the meek, we wipe our feet on God.

Our Betters quite enjoy this.

But Christians are to shun such things, as they bring fourth punishment: in this life, and the next.

(And the punishment is harder and far faster, if the evil oppressor is a Christian who is showing the world his contempt for God.)

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
-- Matthew 22:36-40, ESV

We must obey God from the inside out, and to expand God’s Kingdom, God’s way, directed by His Holy Spirit and His Word. We must obey His commandments.

For His glory.

Not yours.

“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
-- Luke 17:6-14, ESV

And not the glory of various self-worshipping, above-the-law Mighty Men, either.

So, I quote my comment below. Perhaps it will strengthen you as you walk the hard – but rewarding – road to victory, in this life and the next!

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Certainly, it is wise to be humble with the Lord. It is the example He set on earth, after all.

“Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people. Remember and do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.[…]

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good? Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

“You shall therefore love the LORD your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.

— Deuteronomy 9:6-8, 10:12-22, 10:1, English Standard Version

And again God speaks:

And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

— Mark 9:33-37, ESV

And Godly prayer is a very good thing!

The LORD is far from the wicked,

but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,

and good news refreshes the bones.

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof

will dwell among the wise.

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,

but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,

and humility comes before honor.

— Proverbs 15:29-33, ESV

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

— John 14:12-14, ESV

But this humility is not meant to degrade us. Just as Jesus humbled Himself to the will of His father, to be brought up to rule at the Father’s right hand, so we are to be humble before God, to be trained as obedient sons… and, being cleaned and sanctified by Christ and the Holy Spirit, by the will of the Father, we are to rise and rule with Christ from the heavenlies.

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:15-23, ESV

And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

— Revelation 5:8-10, ESV

No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

— Revelation 22:3-5, ESV

We are to be humble, as it is a command of God.

A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

“You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

— Luke 22:24-28, ESV

As Christ suffered, so we suffer.

As Christ obeyed His father, so must we.

As Christ came to serve, setting our example.

And as God rewarded Christ’s obedience with glory and power, so will we.

For God wishes to bless and strengthen His servants. Not crush and destroy His people.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

— Matthew 7:7, ESV

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

— Galatians 4:1-7, ESV

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,

nor be weary when reproved by him.

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

— Hebrews 12:1-15, ESV

So let us run the course, and gain the victory – a reward even better than Moses did in his humility!

Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.

— Numbers 12:3, ESV

Moses was never meek before that liar and oppressor Pharaoh; but he was very meek before God and His commandments.

We should be the same, humble before God, a servant to our brothers and sisters (especially children, the stranger, the weak, the old), and a steady, wise hand against the wicked man.

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