Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5
While the majority of men are proud of their self-importance, being humble is a way to rule your life by lowering your ego, pride and self-centeredness to show Godís love and build others up. The importance of being humble is to gain acceptance, respect and admiration of your fellow man and demonstrate the importance of other people. It may be difficult to love one another as yourself when that person is arrogant, unruly, and downright nasty. Letís remember the love of Jesus when he humbled himself to wash the disciples feet and on another occasion suffered abuse and was condemned for telling the truth. Yet, the words of his mouth were not filled with vengeance but words that forgave the deeds of mankind. (Luke 23:34)
Being humbled is when those in authorities establish that you serve them not the other way around. By the same token, we can choose to be humble by serving those in authority of our free will. A humble person distinguishes the person worthy of authority and by that standard; Christians have chosen to recognize Jesus Christ as Lord. However in our service to Jesus Christ we are to honor one another above ourselves. Honoring one another demands that we lower the stature of our person to serve those God loves (Romans 12:10.)
Peter describes humility in this manner, who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good (1 Peter 3:13)? The humble attitude not only submits to those in authority, but as Godís servant he serves those in the world that God loves. God wants his child to let the world know that God sent Jesus Christ into the world loves them (John 17:23). Ultimately, Jesus Christ made himself a servant of God to serve the needs of man by redeeming men from the slavery of sin.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:8-11
Jesus taught that if you wanted to be great in Godís kingdom you must be the slave of those you rule. Those who follow Christ must deny themselves and take up his cross and follow him. Remember the owner of a business strives just as hard to keep his employees working as he does to make a profit. The act of denying yourself demands trusting God to supply your needs, while using your time to help those he loves.
Letís consider Jesus as he was nearing Jericho and heard Bartimaeus crying out in a loud voice, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. Those leading the procession rebuked the blind man and demanded he be quiet. Jesus denied himself by stopping on the spot to respond to the cry of Bartimaeus and asked what he could do. Bartimaeus was in need of sight and Jesus being the great physician healed him. Both Bartimaeus and Jesus were in a position to give God the glory.
Letís examine the actions of those involved in this story. Although Bartimaeus was a beggar he still was considered to be inconsequential because he was blind. The disciples elevated themselves above Bartimaeus so Jesus became subject to scoffing simply because he lowered his stature to heal a man without any value in the worldís sight. Jesus taught his disciples that whoever wanted to be first in the kingdom of God were the slaves of everyone. By example Jesus demonstrated Godís love to a person of low estate.
These examples shows it is not our place to determine whom God wants us to show compassion to, but humble ourselves to honor those in need. The outcome of helping another person to his feet is not for our benefit, rather it brings glory to our father.
Jesus was no exception, he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was Godís son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. We have the same choices that Jesus had and can learn to obey the authority of our Father in heaven. The supreme choice is to recognize the grace of God, build our faith in Jesus Christ and walk as Jesus did. Jesus said.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
Whoever accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord must reverently accept the authority of God to become children of God. His children embrace the desired behavior our father without knowing that he will instill those ideals in us. There are times when our father will ask us to do things we donít want to do, but we must humble our self in reverence to our father to do his will.
Letís remember the Pharisee who prayed about himself and compared his holy lifestyle to deeds of other men and even pointed at the tax collector standing off in the distance. The tax collector could not raise his head toward heaven but in anguish beat his breast. He cried out to God with tears flooding his eyes, have mercy on me a sinner. The tax collector was justified because he recognized his stature and his need for Godís intervention. The Pharisee elevated his personage and admired his perfection, but his words showed contempt for those God loved. Jesus used this story to illustrate a principle.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 14:11
Men and women with a generous amount of pride have no room for God or regard for Godís law. Even though appearances can be deceiving they appear to be prosperous, and though they are friendly, they frequently slander their adversaries. They have risen above their peers and have made enemies of those who want get even for what they have done.
God has given man the right to govern his life as he sees fit and control his destiny. However, the majority of men lack the understanding that behavior such as arrogance and pride do more to destroy relationships and burn bridges behind them. The outcome of these characteristics will bring their lives to ruin and lose the favor of God on Judgment day. On that day,
The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, Isaiah 2:17