Joy in Humility

Do you find joy in making less of yourself? How inclined are you to take the form of a servant? Do you ever serve others? Does even the thought of serving others make you uncomfortable? Consider Jesus:

“…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8, emphasis added)

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2, emphasis added)

If we love Christ – the one who humbled Himself to the point of death – then we ought to love humility. If we desire more joy and pleasure in our lives, we ought to desire more opportunities to become humble for the sake of Christ being made known more fully to ourselves, as well as others. This is because Christ embodies the essence of true humility.

“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28)

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Christ found satisfaction and divine purpose in His humility, in His purposeful suffering, so should we. If finding our supreme joy in Christ does not include Christ’s perfect humility, then we sell ourselves short of the full glories and satisfactions of Christ. We do not get to pick and choose which parts of Christ we want to worship and love, as if He were some sort of build-your-own-god where we can opt to not include His humility. No. If we say we desire Christ, then we must desire humility. Accepting Christ into your life includes letting God-exalting humility into your life as well. God sovereignly saw fit that Christ should give His life away for us so that we might worship God the Father more fully, be more satisfied in Christ the Son, and live by faith every moment in the Spirit.

This way of Christian living, however, is so radically different than how the world operates. The world tells us to only take part in behaviors that will make more of ourselves, or that will make our lives most luxurious. “Comfort” is the name of the game for those living in the world. In the world’s eyes, giving something of ourselves does not result in more joy; rather, it subtracts from our contentment. Making ourselves into servants is not in the DNA of those living in darkness. Yet, how can we recognize if we are picking and choosing when to welcome humility? Here’s just one way in which you can know this to be true. When you have a chance to take the form of a servant, like Christ, for the sake of the Gospel, and you shrink away because it might disrupt your comfort, then you will know you’re too in love with the world and not with Christ.

Don’t wait for the world to tell you to start serving other people because you will never receive that selfless call. Rather, begin intentionally engaging with Scripture and ask that God might reveal to you the beauties of Christ’s humility so that your heart might be given a wondrous understanding for serving others more and yourself less. The more light that shines into our hearts from Christ, the perfect example of humility, the more light that will inevitably shine out from our humble acts of showing God’s love to both God and others.

Therefore, seek more of Christ with all the energy God powerfully works within you (Colossians 1:29) in order that you might faithfully find joy in humility because of your finding joy in Christ. Become so enthralled with Christ’s loving kindness and joy-filled humility that you can’t help but replicate that humility so that God increases and you decrease in your life (John 3:30).

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