“Learn of me , For I am meek and lowly in heart” Mathew 11:29
There is no harder lesson to learn than the lesson of Humility. It is not taught in the schools of men but only in the schools of Christ. It is the rarest of all gifts hence we seldom find a man or a woman who is following closely in the footsteps of the master in meekness and in humility. I believe that it is the hardest lesson which Jesus Christ had to teach his disciples while He was here on this earth. The way Christ took to teach them humility was by putting a little child in their midst and saying “ If you want to be great , take that little child for example and he who wants to be greatest let him be the servant of all. Dearly beloved if we humble ourselves before God we are sure to receive a great blessing from him. More depends on us than upon God. For God is always ready to give us his blessings. He gives freely but mankind is not always in a position to receive them. We must remember that God blesses the humble therefore we must get down in dust before Him. None will go away disappointed. Isaiah 57:15 declares
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place with him also of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”
Did you ever notice the reason Christ gave for learning of Him. He could have said Learn of me because I am the most advanced thinker of the age. I have performed miracles that no man else has performed. I have shown my supernatural power in many ways. But No: the reason he gave was that He was meek and lowly in heart.
We read of the three men in the scriptures whose faces shone and all three were noted for their meekness and humility. We are told that the face of Christ shone at his transfiguration; Moses after he had been on the mount for 40 days, came down from his communion with God with a shining grace; and when Stephen stood before the Sanhedrin on the day of his death, his face was lighted up with glory. If our faces are to shine we must get into the valley of humility, we must go down in the dust before God. The one prominent virtue of Christ, next to his obedience was Humility. Being in the form of God, He counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on equality with God but he emptied himself taking the form of a Bond servant and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death. May God fill us this evening that we receive this meekness and humility before God.May He exalt us for His Glory.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” – I Peter 5:6
Oh to be nothing, nothing!
Only to lie at His feet,
A broken and emptied vessel,
For the master’s use made meek.
Emptied that He might fill me
As forth to His service I go;
Broken that so hindered
His life through me might flow.