“Humility & Obedience”
By Zach Wood
Philippians 2:8 (NIV)
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
It seems these days in life, we have so many difficulties and challenges to keep things in line in our life. Some days, it seems all we can do is try to keep our head above water and just breathe. Some days life just hands us some pretty difficult cards and we have to do our best and try our best to keep on the path of Christ.
This passage deals us two words that are probably the hardest words to deal with no matter what we face each day. While the pressures of life weigh us down, it is very challenging to be humble and obedient to what God wants us to do. Being humble, Christ asks us to consider others better than ourselves. That’s hard. We know we should do it, but it’s downright hard. Being obedient, God asks us to do what He says even when it doesn’t make sense or seem logical to us at all.
Christ was the epitome of a humble and obedient life. There is no greater example that we can look to than Him. As much as others in Scripture tried to emulate this life, Jesus took the baton and perfected it. While I’m glad He became the perfect example, I also am saddened each day that I find myself failing at being humble and obedient even in the smallest of ways.
I desperately want my life to be a representation of humility and obedience not only to serve and please my Master, but also to be a light to those who don’t know Who Christ is. Christ went through the hardest of circumstances and He still went to the Cross and gave it all for us. When I think it’s too hard to be humble and too hard to be obedient, I need only remember what He did for me and then it challenges me to change my attitude.
Are you humble and obedient to Christ today? Are you finding yourself practicing humility and being obedient even when it seems impossible? Some days seem easier and then other days are so hard we can’t seem to get it right. Christ knows we struggle and that we will continue to struggle each day we are on this earth. Are we striving each day to practice humility and obedience, even in the smallest of ways so that we can please Him and also be a shining example to others?