As 21st century Americans, what can we say about the humility of our King? The King Who chose to be humble in appearance, lifestyle, conduct and death? Were other Bible super-heroes humble? YES!
In humility, Abraham followed an unknown God. Seeking peace, he deferred to his nephew Lot, a man inferior to himself, the superior choice of land.*
Moses was 'Very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3).
King David called himself 'A worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people' (Psalm 22:6), even 'A lost sheep' (119:176).
Of her appointment to become the mother of Jesus, Mary said God 'Regarded the lowly state of His maidservant' (Luke 1:48).
When Peter received his first favor from Jesus, 'He fell down at Jesus' Knees, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!' ' (Luke 5:8).
In Isaiah 53:3, Jesus is described as: 'A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.'
How is heroic humility played out by God's stars today? Visit a country where Christians are persecuted and meet them.
What about media-driven America? Heroic humility played with finesse. 'Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves' (Matthew 10:16).
Note to American Christians: Never forget Whose you are and Whom you follow. Never lower yourself to the standards of a snake or raise yourself to a platform of pride. Never buy into man's definition of glory.
Heroic humility is rare. Consider it a crowning virtue.
To Be Continued...
* Abraham and Lot: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2013&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.