“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” I Peter 5:5b NKJV
Have you ever forgotten to add salt to your food while cooking? We can agree that it does not matter how delicious the food looks, it will turn out bland. Salt is the least expensive part of any food, but it is also very important. Despite all efforts, without salt, the food cannot taste right.
In the same way, it is possible to focus on all other things in our Christian walk and neglect some vital things. An essential ingredient missing in the spiritual devotion of many Christians today is humility. This simple attribute can change your life if you learn it early enough.
Our anchor Scripture infers that grace can be multiplied through humility. To position yourself to fulfil God’s plan, you must cultivate humility for every stage of your life. If you are not humble, there is a limit to what God can do with you. It was pride that caused King Saul to disobey the commands of God because he felt right in his own eyes. This led to his replacement on the throne. (1 Samuel 16:1).
In salvation, we do not only have a message to believe but an example in Christ. We ought to emulate Jesus in humility. We can see Jesus’ heart in Philippians 2:5-8. That the Creator of the universe came in the likeness of man and died a shameful death takes great humility to accomplish.
Likewise, in Jesus’ earthly ministry, He waited thirty years before going into the limelight. It takes maturity to wait on God even when you have the capacity to start. Jesus didn’t begin prematurely but waited and built himself in private. This is also something to emulate. Apostle Peter puts it this way,
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,” I Peter 5:6 (NKJV).
Learn to be humble. The anointing of God follows those who are humble at heart. It will help you to be genuinely happy for others and not compete with them. Learn to honour others ahead of you and build genuine relationships with people.
In Matthew 18:4, Jesus spoke on how greatness in the kingdom is recognized through humility. God sees your heart, let your motives and attitude show meekness.
Dear believer, always remember that God is the one who calls the shots in your life. You must be dead to self and learn to esteem others above yourself (Philippians 2:3). Learn humility and it will create a path to greatness.
Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 44-48