The Humble King
Ever asked yourself what your favorite holiday of all time is? For me, it’s Christmas. For those of you who may not know, Christmas isn’t about Santa Claus and his elves trying to deliver gifts to everyone in a day. Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ. Indeed that is good news of great joy! Imagine if you heard that the Savior of the world had just been born into this world. I’d love to have seen that moment! After His birth, Jesus was presented gifts by the wise men from the East, but at the same time, King Herod sought to kill Him just as He was born. How many of us have someone trying to kill us just as we enter this world?
Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Immanuel! You may sing it in songs during Christmas or hear the word at church, but for those who may not know, Immanuel actually means “God with us”! Immanuel is the Name that Isaiah prophesied regarding Jesus in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14). It is a sign of what was coming. Jesus is born of a human mother, but He is God at the same time. He chose to come to earth to join us, to be with us, to help us understand what it means to have a relationship with Him. Rather than being treated like royalty, Jesus had a humble birth in a manger, among animals. If you have been to a zoo before, just think what it is like there and how it smells. That is the kind of place our Lord Jesus was born in, and possibly worse.
Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
God teaches us to be like Jesus, and just like how He has come to serve others, we too should learn to have a heart of a servant and to be selfless. Let not pride stop us from being the person God wants us to be, for even Jesus washed the feet of His disciples.
As I examine my life, I realize that sometimes pride can make me a much more different person than who I know God wants me to be. Because of pride, I find it harder to forgive, I tend to think I am always right, I refuse to take advice from others and I think that the world revolves around me. Let me tell you a story which happened during my national service in the army. There was an exercise we were doing when I was given the appointment as a commander over a GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun). And I was blamed for something I did not do and I was shamed in front of many people. It was not a good feeling and I was really mad about it. Then, as I pondered, I remembered that Jesus suffered too. He took upon Himself the sins of the world which He did not commit and He paid the price for all of us. That really opened my eyes to see the love and humility of our Lord. That brought to my remembrance all the pain and shame that He suffered for us. Indeed, how could I not be thankful to Jesus and also learn to humble myself?
God teaches us in Proverbs 11:2 (NIV), “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
If you think that your life is filled with pride, don’t worry, Jesus calls us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Draw strength from Jesus and pray to Him; let your requests be made known to Him by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, so that His peace may guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6 & 7). You need not feel guilty about harboring pride, for we are a broken people; if we were perfect, we wouldn’t need Jesus in our lives, would we? So instead, surrender to God and be obedient to His Words, for His Words are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body (Proverbs 4:22). It may not be easy, but this is what sets us apart for God’s purposes. As Christians, we are called to be distinguished from the rest of this world, so that the world is able to see the love and truth of Jesus through our lives. So I encourage you, continue to let God mould you, and you will see the great changes that He can make in your life.
Let us pray.
“Father, thank You for the gift of Jesus and for how much He has suffered for me. I give my heart to You, God. I come before You and surrender all I have to you. Search me, O God, and purify my heart to be one that seeks to be like Jesus. Mould me into who You want me to be and forgive me for all the instances where I have allowed my pride to get in Your way. Not my will but Yours be done in my life, O God. In the most precious Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”