(James 4:10 NIV) “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

What is the most humbling event that has ever happened in your life?  Was it when your first child was born and you held him or her in your hands and you felt humbled by the responsibility of being a father or a mother?  Was it that time when you were a teenager and you thought you knew everything until one day you messed up big time and you stood in front of your parents and heard them say, “I told you so.”  Being humbled is well… very humbling. 

In fact every time we approach our God we are humbled.  He is perfect.  We are imperfect.  He is holy.  We are sinful.  He demands obedience and faithfulness.  We are disobedient and unfaithful.  When we approach our God we are humbled by the demands of His law.  And no matter how hard we try we always break His law.  He can always say to us, “I told you so.”

But our God did not want to tell us, “I told you so.”   So He sent His Son on our behalf.  And what did Jesus do?  He humbled Himself by coming to this sinful world.  He humbled Himself by living under the law.  He humbled Himself by serving us instead of having others serve Him.  He humbled Himself by putting our impurities, our sins on Himself.  He humbled Himself by dying on the cross and suffering our punishment. 

Jesus did that for us!  And because of what Jesus has done for us we humble ourselves.  We fall on our knees and live lives filled with thanks for Him.  We humble ourselves when we come before Him with broken and contrite hearts because we have failed to keep His word.  And what does He do?  He lifts us up off our knees, He restores our souls, He heals our wounded consciences as He grants us forgiveness! 

What an amazing God we have!  And so we humble ourselves, not out of fear of our God, but out of thanks and praise for all that He has done for us!  We humble ourselves because Jesus has promised to one day lift us up to be with Him for an eternity!

Being humbled every day because of what Jesus has done for me, just like he has for you,

Pastor Schumann