She is Humble
As a woman in Christ, I know I must continually surrender my pride and seek humility. But as a woman living in this world, I find that difficult to do a lot of the times. I’ll be honest… I don’t necessarily like doing the “dirty work.” It’s called “dirty work” for a reason, right? It’s hard for me to find joy in taking out the trash, doing the dishes, cleaning up after someone else, getting the short-end-of-the-stick on a task at work, and so much more. There’s something about doing things that seem insignificant that make me feel like I am small, “less than,” or maybe even a little unimportant. I know that these feelings are my pride standing in the way of my ability to be humble.
Pride is the sin that caused the fall, and Jesus came to bring humility back to human nature… So who am I to have this mindset?
We must embrace a sense of being nothing, in order to make a way for God to be our everything. That may sound harsh, but when we are aware of our “nothingness,” we will be able to experience the richness and fullness of life through The Lord in a whole new way. This is the essence of humility; the mark of being a true disciple of Jesus.
Humility isn’t something we can learn overnight. It’s a process. There will be countless times where choosing to be humble seems impossible. It is something we have to truly desire, stop and pray about, study, and ask The Holy Spirit to provide. Humility is challenging and pride is powerful. There is no sweeter joy than doing everything for the glory of God and knowing your work is not for nothing.
I want to be the woman who is clothed with humility, strength, and dignity. I want to be the wife that serves her husband…even on my worst days. I want to be the friend with a servant’s heart. I want to get down on my knees to wash the feet of the people around me. I want to be okay with doing the things that seem like they don’t really matter. I want to walk as a humble daughter of the King.
This means: taking out the trash when it’s freezing outside…getting the coffee, even if you aren’t drinking it…doing the dishes, even if you did them last time…loving someone who may seem unlovable. Every task, every word, everything we do should radiate humility because we are in Christ.
I am praying that we may embody the humility Jesus brought to us, that we may seek selflessness over selfishness, that we come to terms that our labor, big or small, is not in vain, that we become nothing so God can be our everything, that we find a way to love the unlovable, and that our days are filled with joy when it comes to being a servant.
Verses to reflect on:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.” Matthew 5:46
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:25-27