Hard to Ignore
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) believed the goal of human existence was the cultivation of individuals who towered above the herd. His philosophy of the Superman was the polar opposite of a self-giving God. Yet in the final years of his life, Nietzsche signed his letters "the Crucified One,"still wrestling with how to respond to the Christ of the Bible. The philosopher who pronounced God dead found it impossible to ignore the humility of Jesus.
It's easy to minimize the remarkable choice God made when he came to earth not as a king or a warrior but as a baby. God knew that humility, more than a show of power, would get our attention. How else would we come to believe that the road to greatness leads downward?
Humility remains a key part of how God shows his love. That's why he desires to see this characteristic reproduced in his children. On at least three occasions, Jesus repeated the principle, "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14; see also Matthew 23:12). Christ's words echoed the life he was living—a life so surprising in its humility that it is hard for anyone to ignore.
Lord, I want to have such a servant's heart in the way I relate to others that I surprise people.
Dr. Gary Chapman is the beloved best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life. For more information, click here.