The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.
Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Sometimes it’s good to have a Mom. OK, it’s always good to have a mom. But sometimes it’s good to have a dose of Mom’s Humility Elixir: “I used to change your diapers,” can bring us back down to earth. When we’re too full of ourselves or too quick to judge others a dose of humility elixir of the mom kind will be far more welcome than a face plant from on high for the whole world to see. Better we have a gentle reminder than a public revelation of our foolishness.
Jesus put it in the positive: “But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.”
This is not easy. And I chuckle when I read Moses’ own description of himself: “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.” How do you say that out loud, or write it for all to see?!?
Jesus, on the other hand not only told people to be humble, he modeled it. He is the incarnation of humility. He did not take advantage of the privileges rightfully his, and chose even to suffer and die on a cross in order to redeem us.
Our humble attitude does more than simply reflect the truth of who we are and are not, it aligns us with Jesus, and places us in a position from which we can mediate Jesus’ redemptive love for all people – great and small.