The Head, Heart and Hands of Humility

Jesus Christ said,”Whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many” (Mark 10:44-45).

There is obviously no greater act of humility in all of history than the King of kings and Lord of lords sacrificing His life for the wretched sins of mankind.

While none of us will ever measure up to that level of humility, we too are called to be “a slave to all.” What does that mean, though? How can we embody such an impossible expectation?

Answer: one person at a time.

Just like Jesus exemplified this attitude in His love, service and healing of Bartimaeus (the blind beggar in Mark 10:46-52), so we can live out this calling in our love and service to those we encounter each day.

This requires your head, your heart and your hands, though. Your head must understand and embrace this truth about who Jesus is and what it means to be His disciple. Your heart must be changed by Jesus through a total surrender of your life to Him. And, your hands must prove the humility that is in your head and heart by serving others, even when no one (but God) is watching.

During our worship service this morning, I preached on “The Humility of Discipleship” (Mark 10:32-52). Is your life marked by humility? Maybe others would say yes, but what would God say? He is the One who sees all things and knows all things, including not only the work of your hands but also the condition of your head and your heart.

Sometimes humility requires sacrifice, much sacrifice. And sometimes humility can be something as little as sitting down with your youngest brothers and playing what they want to play.

Let us all ask and trust Jesus to give us a heart of humility.

Noah, Silas and Micah playing with blocks
It made my heart glad to see Noah happily playing with Silas and Micah without Marsha or me asking him to do so. I imagine a 13-year-old doing what his 3-year-old brother desires is not overly common. May we all be challenged to treat others as we want to be treated!

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