December 30, 2022

Humble yourself

I tell you; this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:14

So, what does it even look like to be humble?  Well, one of the easiest ways is by being the type of person that does for others before yourself.  Another way is to always consider other people and their feelings first before considering your own.

Jesus gives an example in today reading.  He told a story about two people.  A Pharisee and a tax collector.  These two individuals were on opposite sides of the spectrum.  Most would have thought that Jesus would have approved of the Pharisee because he looked like he was doing everything right.  When the Pharisee prayed, he listed the bad things that he doesn’t do that others are doing and then he told God the good things he does on a regular basis.  The tax collector takes the complete opposite stance.  He will not look up and he falls on the mercy of God and comes clean.  He didn’t try to convince God that he should be justified, he just asked God to do what God does when we humble ourselves before Him. Jesus finished this example by saying anyone who lifts himself up will be put down and the person who humbles himself by putting other first will be exalted and praised.

Being humble will look differently for all people, but mostly it shows up in kindness to others and always putting other people first.  It is not thinking less of yourself by any means, it is simply thinking of yourself less than you think of other people.  As in the case of the Pharisee and the tax collector, the Pharisee was only thinking about how deserving he was.  He gave no mention to how others were doing good or how he was helping them.  The tax collector on the other hand did not compare himself to others.  He simply knew he was a sinner and needed saving.

Jesus is all about people and this is the way He showed His humility.  He preferred others first and not well behaving clean people, He always found a way to make the hurting, lame, blind and poor people feel special and loved.  His mission was to think about the needs of others and then help them to get whatever it was that they needed to be made whole.

Today I want to encourage you to humble yourself by putting others first.  If you have thought in the past that being humble was putting yourself down and not giving attention to what you do well, that just isn’t the case.  In doing that, you still are keeping the focus on you, but in a bad way.  This is just being prideful about the negative instead of the positive.  Stop that today and begin taking the focus off of yourself completely and make other people’s needs your priority.  Start lifting others up in the place of honor instead of plotting how to make yourself look good.  That is when God will exalt and honor you and when others will see the wonderful works of God in how you love people. The best part is that when you humble yourself and receive the blessings of being there for people, the result will be that you no longer care about being in the spot light. Your greatest joy will be in seeing people draw closer to God because of how you gave them priority.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 18:9-14

9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 

10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 

12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 

13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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