When my youngest brother was five, he changed clothes often because he wanted to look like my dad. He’d watch Daddy enter a room, then he’d dart toward his own closet to find a way to match his hero.
If Daddy changed into khaki pants after work to tend his garden, Carson would toss his clothes down the laundry chute, change into khaki pants, and follow my dad outside. He didn’t even care about losing playtime.
Scripture instructs us to “put on” the same characteristics Jesus exemplified so that we look and sound like our heavenly Father.
Today we’ll look at a different part of the passage we considered last time as we endeavor to renew our hearts by imitating our Lord. In the last post, we focused on kindness and compassion. LINK: Renew Your Walk with God: A New Heart for Spring
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.Colossians 3:12 ESV
This time we’ll consider humility.
Jesus, the perfect example of humility, conformed Himself to a virgin’s womb and came to live among men in human form. During His ministry, He stooped down to wash the feet of His disciples as an example of humble service (John 13:1-14).
Finally, with meekness and humility, Jesus submitted Himself to rejection and the extreme suffering of crucifixion because of His love for us. He even asked God to forgive His tormentors.
Although Paul listed his own impressive religious credentials, he too exemplified humility by suffering willingly for the cause of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:10). Paul’s attitude led him to say,
Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.Philippians 2:17
Like me, you’ve probably observed people you deem humble. Joe, an associate pastor at our former church, wore suits on Sunday, taught Sunday school, and prayed during the service. At other times, I observed him wearing casual clothes while he packed the bus for youth trips, played ball with children on Wednesday nights, and even mopped the fellowship hall floor after a family event.
He could have avoided those mundane activities and assigned them to others. Instead, he exemplified a Christlike spirit and served God and his church. I often thought if Jesus visited our church in the flesh, He might be found working alongside Joe.
The garment of humility may feel stiff when we attempt to slip it on in some situations. Here are questions to help us check the fit:
- Do I listen more than I speak?
- Do I fight my way to the top of conversations?
- Do I enjoy being right when I’m around certain people?
- Do I avoid tasks I think are fine for others but not for me?
- Does my humility lead to expressions of gentleness, goodness, and patience?
- Do I appear humble in word and deed but reserve room for pride in my heart?
When our garment of humility needs alterations, we can confess our sin and ask God to transform our hearts to match His. The freshness of His Spirit will fill our souls with joy as we renew our walk with Him this spring.
When our garment of humility needs alterations, we can confess our sin and ask God to transform our hearts to match His. The freshness of His Spirit will fill our souls with joy as we renew our walk with Him this spring. Click To Tweet
Perhaps each morning we can glance into the mirror of Colossians 3:12-14* to ensure we act, look, and sound like our heavenly Father. That glimpse may send us to our closet (our prayer closet) to seek God’s help in putting on characteristics that match His.
Won’t you add a comment about examples of humility you’ve observed or something you’ve learned about this characteristic of Jesus?
*Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. –Colossians 3:12-14 ESV