Some people become quite adept at hiding their darkness, but that’s the beauty of light. Even as we attempt to hide our darkness by covering up with our idea of light, we are exposed, Sometimes that exposure is enough to create within us a question and we go seeking. We are drawn, like all creatures, to our creator. We are drawn to His light and as we are drawn to the light of Christ, he reveals Himself to us.
For each one of us it is different, for as there are so many different ways to construct us by the use of DNA, God has made just as many different ways for us to discover Him in the way we discover and seek Him. None of us come to the Lord in exactly the same way. We are unique. Yet we all come similarly.
We all begin at exactly the same place. We all begin at humility. For we must come to the understanding that there is something or someone greater than ourselves. If we don’t understand that very basic thing we can never begin to understand just Who He is. When we grasp that single concept, we can begin our journey with Christ.
From that point on we can look to Christ and follow Him in many different ways, but I really think we should think about that starting point, for it forms the entire foundation for all that we build when we build our lives in Christ.
If we consider that God came to earth in the form of Jesus Christ, we will see that in His form, in the things He did, the life He lived, we see exactly how God desires we become. The transformation we seek is the transformation found in Jesus. And with all things, and in all things Jesus was humble.
Not that He had to be. But He was and He was because He wanted to show us how to be. He desires to give us something very special, but this reward is only for those who seek Him.
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Whether you know it or not, salvation is a pretty big deal. We should be excited about it. And according to this, God will make those who are in his presence, and they are in His presence because they are humble, beautiful by giving them salvation. Eternity with Him. I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t get any better than that.
15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made.
He wants our goal to be transformation. The transformation that takes us from the darkness of our sin, our own desires and moves us to being concerned with others and passing along His light, His goodness, His love to those others.
It is in this way that we show Him that we love Him above all others on this earth and in this life. We simply show His love to others. Not in a proud and bragging manner. In a humble and unassuming manner. For to do it any other way is not the way of Christ. If we fail to present the wonderful gift of Christ in a humble way, in a humble manner, it is not Christ we are presenting. For the true Jesus can only be presented in a humble way.
When He mentions that He dwells in a high and holy place, He states that it is with those who have a contrite and humble spirit. That’s who God wants to hang out with. I find that amazing. Think about it; when you were in the ninth grade you wanted to hang out with the really cool kids. You saw them every day. They stood out. They were cool. Then later, when you got a job, you wanted to be popular…so you did things that made you popular. Sometimes you might have gotten fired for some of the things you did that made you popular.
That’s another story.
Hanging out with God …..for eternity. What an incredible thought. But you must become humble. You must own a contrite heart. That means you will be sorry for the times you caused harm to others. You will have regret for the times you offended God by your actions. You will fix what you can. But some things will not be fixable. And you will begin to look at others the way you would like them to look at you. With care, with concern for your well being. With love. That is humility. It’s the thing that allows you to put others first ….always. And it’s what God wants from each of us.
To revive the spirit of the humble and the contrite it takes a humble and contrite person. Someone who is proud could never teach another to be humble. I think the best teacher of humility is of course, Jesus.
But in our lifetime lived someone who was the epitome of Jesus in all she did. She gave herself to Christ by giving herself to the most marginalized human beings on the planet. I am of course speaking of Mother Teresa.
She laid out a 15 point plan to teach us humility. I want to share it with you.
- Speak as little as possible about yourself
- Keep busy with your own affairs, not the affairs of others
- Avoid Curiosity
- Do not interfere in the affairs of others
- Accept small irritations with good humor
- Do not dwell on the faults of others
- Accept censures, even if unmeritied
- Give in to the will of others
- Accept insults and injuries
- Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded
- Be courteous and delicate, even when provoked
- Do not seek to be admired and loved
- Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity 14.Give in, in discussions, even when you are right 15.Choose always, the more difficult task
Now this list is not comprehensive, there are many other ways to show your humility. But if you are doing these things, you are doing well. In fact, if you are doing these 15 things, then you are showing yourself to be quite humble. But there is more. Always more. We must prepare ourselves for humility and we are never too young to do so…or too old!