The Humility Of God

Preaching through Luke I am continually reminded of how God works in history. He does not usually grab those in high positions to bring about change, but more often He takes the humble nobodies to shift history for His glory.

For example, when Christ was born the Father did not send the Heavenly Host to any sort of palace or temple. God completely ignored Herod and Caesar, and sent heaven to a handful of shepherds in the field to announce the Gospel.

God did not choose the High Priest, or any man on the Sanhedrin, to bring about the birth of the one to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, but He chose Elizabeth and Zachariah to bear John.

God did not choose a king and a queen to bring Jesus into the world, but a young lady and faithful man, Mary and Joseph.

God consistently humbles Himself and comes to the humble. This is how He works, and how the world moves forward in the Kingdom of Christ. It is not surprising then that Paul (who was a travel companion with Luke!) would write something like this:

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ 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. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:4-11

God will exalt the humble. Jesus came and was born in the cursed dust of the earth, in a barn, surrounded by beasts of the field. You can’t get much lower than that. Though Jesus was equal with God, He did not walk the earth saying, “Don’t you know who I Am!?” He never once raised the issue when His back was being ripped open, or when the nails were being driven into His flesh. Jesus did not count equality with the Godhead something to be grasped, but instead became an obedient slave, even to the point of death on the cross. And because of this, God the Father has exalted Jesus to the highest glory.

And you, who are made and restored in the image of God in Christ, don’t count this as a thing to be grasped, but recognize that this means you are called to humility and service, even to death if needs be. And remember that God will exalt the humble.

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