Few of us are truly humble or meek. That is to say most of us are never free of pride. True humility is a Godly quality and can only be manifested in our nature when we are one with God. We only have to look to the example of God the Father, the Infinite Whole, to apprehend the nature of humility. It was humility that led God the Father to sacrifice his only Son so that humanity could be reconciled to Him.
It is extremely important to understand the significance of this; and it begins with understanding that God the Father on at least three separate occasions, declared Jesus to be his son. Why? Because Jesus was the only person in all of humanity since the first man to be ONE with God. Yes, that’s right. Out of the billions who had come before him, including the prophets, Jesus was the only one to attain ONENESS with God the Father. It gives a whole new meaning to the concept of, “few”.
In Matthew 3:16-17 we note, After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” Here God declares Jesus to be his son. This is such an act of humility that many of the worlds religions, most notably Islam, deny that God would have a son because God is too great and powerful to condescend to have a son. And then, manifesting Godly humility, Jesus rejects his inheritance as a son and endures the most agonizing of deaths in order fulfill his Father’s desire to reconcile all of humanity as son’s and heirs to himself. The sacrifice was necessary to demonstrate once and for all that humanity has no life apart from God, and it is only in the giving up of one’s life that one can have life eternal. This is in stark contrast to what many misguided theologians would have you believe, that the sacrifice was some bloody payment for sins and evils of the world. No, it was the ultimate act of love and humility to show humanity the WAY. And though scripture often references atonement for sins and wrongs committed, the nature of the atonement is in the humility that leads to the willing acceptance of the consequences of separation from God. Jesus was the embodiment of this humility and hence the atonement. He was the only ONE willing to accept the consequences.
Scripture (I make no distinction here between old and new testaments) is replete with references to the importance and consequences of humility. Take Zephaniah 3:11-13 for example: “In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain. 12“But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the LORD. 13“The REMNANT of Israel will do no wrong And tell no lies, Nor will a deceitful tongue Be found in their mouths; For they will feed and lie down With no one to make them tremble.” Note the clear reference to “remnant”(the emphasis is mine), which means few and its conjunction with “humble” and “lowly”. And here again in the words of Jesus we find: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The test of fitness for life is not pride, nor is it the strength of a warrior or the power of the army, navy or marines. What did Jesus gain by manifesting the same humility inherent in the nature of God? He inherited all power in heaven and earth. To the non spiritual mind this would seem to be a contradiction. How can meekness and humility lead to power and eternal life? How many times have you heard false prophets and prideful preachers declare, “we are not meant to be doormats.” The same preachers say God didn’t mean what he said when he exhorted us to love our enemies and to humble ourselves. They contend that Jesus didn’t really mean what he said when he told Peter to put up his sword after cutting off the centurion’s ear, declaring those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. But thank God there are a few voices of love and humility that have walked among us during modern times. Martin Luther King exhorted his followers not to hate the white man and declared that soul force was greater than physical violence. Nelson Mandela in his own words echoes the humility of God the Father, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” And most recently Mahala, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, when asked how she felt when she found out the Taliban wanted to kill her she replied, “I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’”
Yet most of us who have not endured near the suffering of a Mandela or a King, or Malala nor comprehended the agony of Jesus, or the God-sized pain of his Father, are unable to exercise the tiniest bit of humility that would lead to real love that would free us all from our own individual prisons and reunite us with God the Father, the Infinite Whole.
The most difficult task that each of us faces in this life is overcoming pride. Our nature, separate from God is incapable of humility. The reason that only a few will enter the narrow gate that leads to life is because we are deceived into believing that we can live separate from God. We believe that power comes from believing in ourselves, our military, our country our religion and in the false humility of self-righteousness.
There is only one key that will open the lock-box that contains the will naming the heirs to eternal life: HUMILITY is that key. And few there be that will find it.
To God Be The Glory Forever and Ever,
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