My youngest daughter works hard to keep me humble. Actually, she doesn’t work hard at it. She seems to come about that ability naturally.
In the past year, I had a number of speaking engagements. As we were waiting for one program to start, she commented about being bored. I asked, “Are you still going to be bored when I start speaking?” Without hesitation, she replied, “Yes.”
After speaking at one engagement, I realized that I could hear a recording in the coming week on the radio. I said to my family, “I don’t suppose that I will. I’m not sure I want to hear myself on the radio.” Once again, my youngest daughter spoke up, “Yeah, especially since we’re heard it before.”
If I were to think more Biblically about myself, I wouldn’t need her help to be humble. This time of year is a reminder of just how humble we should be. Sadly, many Christians give the impression that we have it all together. The message we seem to project to the world is if only they would be more like us, they would be ok.
The truth of the matter is Jesus came because we are not ok, and even more, there is no way that we can be ok without Him. We are all born sinners with an inclination to sin and to rebel against God. It isn’t just the big sins that society promotes but the “small” sins that we all commit that separate us from God and from being in a personal relationship with Him. God didn’t create us to live separately from Him. He created us to walk in the garden with Him, but through sin, we chose to walk on our own paths.
The only thing that separates a Christian from someone else is that we have realized that our own path isn’t nearly as good as the path God created us to walk on. His path leads to eternal blessing. Our path leads to hell. The problem is that we are so caught in sin that we can’t find our way to His path.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He came and through His death and His resurrection He made the way for us to get to the path. Through the Holy Spirit, God gives us to new life (being born again). He takes us off our path and places us on His path. We realize our sin and our need for a Savior, and the Baby in the Manger becomes more than a pleasant thought. His life in all of its glory in living and horror in dying and glory once again in rising becomes our source of hope and joy.
The problem is that when we get on His path, we sometimes forget that it was He who put us there. We believe that we have it all together because of our own power and intelligence. We become like the Corinthians in the New Testament. Paul had to ask them, if they had received everything they had, why did they boast as if they didn’t?
We have no cause to boast of ourselves, only to boast of Him and to glorify Him. My daughter shouldn’t have to give me cause to be humble. Thinking about the Cross should be cause enough.