WHO’S IN CHARGE?: A Pondering by Holly Woodbridge
Imitating Christ’s Humility
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he(Jesus) humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death--
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Who is in Charge? God
Who is Jesus obedient to? God
Who raises Jesus up? God
I Peter 5
2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Who is in Charge? God
Who are we to be obedient to? God
Who raises us up? God
Jesus shows and Paul tells each of us how to live in these passages. We are called to submit to God, to serve, to put others needs ahead of our own, to live in humility.
Bosses, CEOs, Kings, teachers, even pastors, tell us how to live, work, and behave. However, Jesus didn’t just tell us how to live, He showed us.
So, when I raise my hands in worship to my Savior, I should be just as ready to use these hands to welcome a newcomer or change a diaper in the nursery or deliver a meal to a housebound friend. Christ lived His whole life on earth in humility, in obedience. If my King does that, what should I be doing?
As I have learned to walk again since the stroke, and maybe soon run again, I am learning humility again. I may wobble, I may even fall down, but I choose to serve wobbly. I choose to live in humility. I choose to trust in my Lord, that He may raise me up in due time. Because HE is in charge of my life and all I have, all I am is His. What about you?