We all know what it feels like to take a loss ( aka “L”) in life and if you’re anything like me you’ve experienced in some shape, form, or fashion hatred, racial profiling, segregation, humiliation, degradation, discrimination, and opposition. However, when I stopped comparing my ‘L’s’ to other people and started comparing my struggle (s) to the struggles that Jesus endured, I quickly learned the power of true humility. Philippians 2:8 of the MSB paraphrase says, “Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life [despite all that He endured] and then died a selfless, obedient death – and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.” Humility requires vision, strength, and maturity. It’s one of the most difficult beatitudes to being into submission. But, the reward far exceeds the painstaking process in harvesting it’s fruits.
James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” Humility is obedience and obedience is better than sacrifice!