In John, chapter 13, Jesus teaches us about humility in a big way. And because of this, you need to see what He said in order to understand what I mean. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” (John 13:16-20) Jesus said that we can never be greater than our God. We are His servants and should remain humble throughout our lives in service to Him and others. Even if we send others out to share the gospel, we are not greater than these people of whom we are sending, as Jesus taught. Our position may be to instruct, teach, and preach, but those who go after us are not any lower than us. The opposite is actually said from the mouth of Jesus, that they are greater. And this mentality comes from God, so we need to remember this throughout our lives. Never think of yourself too highly in this life, but be humble in the sight of people and God. This is God’s will for mankind.
Throughout these verses we also learn that we will be blessed if we do what Jesus said. God knows who he chooses in this life, and how wonderful would it be if God has chosen you to be His servant and follower? This means that His salvation is for us. Amen. This is what God desires of each one of us, if we would just submit our lives to Him. We can be used mightily through Him, but we must let Him in. Even will the Holy Spirit be with us and guide us in this dark world. It is because the light of Jesus is with us to light up our path and others around us. Jesus is with us when we do communion at church, during worship, Bible study, prayer time, seeking Him, and doing His will throughout the day. And speaking of humility, only God can help us be this type of person. Even during those times that we would normally toot our horn when we win a game, a race, or accomplish something great. This is when God will help us lift up others who made it all possible, and even God Himself, not ourselves. This might be difficult for you now, but God can help you do things that may seem to be impossible. Surely, Jesus wants us to lower ourselves and lift up others and God up instead. And when we accept people He brings into our lives, we accept Him also. This may be a foreign concept to learn, but no matter allow Jesus to take you by the hand and transform your life. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, teach us to be humble. Help us to never lift up ourselves, but others instead of ourselves. You deserve the highest honor, but we also need to lift up people who are left in the dark when credit is due. Lord, in those times that we want to say something great about ourselves, give us different words to speak. Lower our pride, that You may do greater things in our lives. So often do we wish to receive glory for things we do, but that is so wrong. Only You deserve the glory. We are also so wrong when we desire more subscribers and followers on social media sites, that we may become more popular. I know that I have been caught up in this for many years, but I am so happy that You have changed me. Because You have given me eyes to see, I can now see the fallacy in all this. It is now my heart’s desire to only want more subscribers on my website and social media sites, in order to spread the gospel to more people and nations. To not have people look to me in faith, but to fully point them to You. Who am I to do anything good on my own term? For everything that is good comes from Your hand alone. I give You the glory and praise. If anyone is following me in any way, I pray that they will stop. Please do not, I say, for Jesus is the answer and not me or other people. We fall short so often, but You never fail us. I believe in You, Jesus. I trust in You. Amen.