The Humble Will be Exalted
Written by: Hannah Springer
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Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me:
to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.
- Ephesians 3:8
Humility. This is a word that doesn’t strike a bold, loud, and confident 22-year-old woman like myself very well. A quiet appearance and little appreciation doesn’t fit who I feel like I was made to be. Having a list of accomplishments from college was my platform of success that I rested on. The world often shoves the Instagram likes, appreciation posts, and accolades in our face to measure one another’s success, seeing humility as weakness. The problem is our self-absorbed ideologies of who we think we are by these worldly measures only crumble beneath our feet. We think the accomplishments of man might somehow fill the God-sized hole in our hearts.
Do not, however, mistake humility as being taken advantage of, belittled, or walked over. Humility done the way God designed is empowering, truth-filled, and covered in strength. To walk in God’s humility is not to neglect the bold spirit filled in our soul; it is to use that boldness to point the world back to the cross. God did make us to be strong, courageous, and filled with power; sisters, it is not the question if we are powerful, it is the question of how we use that power to love and share the goodness and the grace of the Lord.
Paul lived in this humility by resembling the truth and life of Jesus and His example He set before us. Humility dwells in the teaching of the Gospel by Jesus. Jesus paints an “upside-down kingdom” in the beatitudes in Matthew 5: the kingdom of God is the opposite of the kingdoms of the world. The humble will be exalted (Luke 14:11, Matthew 23:12). In Ephesians, Paul is writing from prison, explaining the divine truths about the Gospel message to new Christians. Paul was an amazing and very successful evangelist in the early church; his position could promote his self-worth, making him feel good by how many people sought his wisdom and counsel.
Yet, Paul’s position created a humble heart. As Charles Spurgeon, a late English pastor, states, “the fuller the vessel becomes the deeper it sinks in the water. A plenitude of grace is a cure for pride.” The bigger we fill our vessel with how big God is, the deeper we sink into His grace. Sisters, in all of our strength, boldness, beauty, and accomplishments, be so overwhelmed in gratitude for the Lord that your prideful heart sinks deep into the wonders of the grace of God. Our humility comes by uncovering our human nature in the light of the Gospel message. We find Christ on our knees, this is the best and most powerful woman you can be, one filled with the magnitude and humility of Christ.
1. What accomplishments are you standing on - that make you feel known, loved, and seen by the world - that you can let go of today?
2. What talents, roles, or offices has the Lord granted you on Earth that you can be filled with gratitude for? Let this gratitude sink your prideful heart and turn it into humility.
Lord, create in us a pure heart that adores You and the goodness of the Gospel message and the truth of Your cross. We give You our worldly success today as we lay down our pride at Your feet. Enrich our minds, souls, and hearts with Your Godly humility so that our eyes may see the glory and wonder of You. Guide our lives to be more in step with Your will, Lord. We give You our hearts today. In Your name, amen.
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