Deemed as weak.
Seen as small.
Felt as powerless.
It doesn't need the spotlight.
Nor the attention.
It doesn't like the praise.
Nor the applause.
It doesn't seek the power.
Nor the positions.
In our eyes, it's next to nothing.
In our eyes, it's not enough.
In God's eyes, it's everything.
"But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word"
- Isaiah 66:2
As I get older and walk more and more with Jesus I have become more and more attentive to this word and its effects in my life. What once was something I saw as unimportant has become of most importance. What use to be something I thought I could operate without much of has become something I don't want to live one day without.
When I am around people who are truly humble, I can feel it, I can sense it, I can see it. And it's usually not because of what they are doing or saying, but the absence thereof. Sure, humility drives people to say and do things. But in our fast-paced, do-more, say-much culture - saying little, going slower and doing less stands out like a sore thumb.
In fact, when I am around truly humble people, it's then that I feel the most conviction and exhortation. They don't even have to say a word to me directly. That's how powerful and rare humility is; so powerful that when you are living in it, it makes what is not humble stand in stark opposition. And I praise God for the humble men and women that I have had the chance to observe from afar and know up close - for much of my affections for Jesus has been sparked, in one way or another, by their lives.
But humility is not something you and I can just muster more strength to get. People who are humble are not so because they have tried harder at being so. Humility isn't born by effort as much as it is by sight. And not just any sight, but how you are seeing Jesus.
The more clearer I see Jesus as holy, powerful, sovereign and good, the more I see myself in that true and good light; not holy, not powerful, not in control and not good. A sincere look at Jesus causes me to have a sober look at myself - and that produces a meekness, a quietness - humility.
If I want anything for my life; that is who I am to become and what I am to do, I want this to be it. I cringe at the things I still say, do and think in pride. I cringe at how I have hurt people and not loved the Lord because of my pride. I cringe at the pride I see in others.
I don't want people to cringe around me. I want people to see me, and in spite of my flaws and shortcomings, see a humble man who is betting nothing on himself and everything on Jesus.
The way up is down in God's Kingdom.
Let's stay low my friends.