When some people think of greatness they automatically think of power, strength, influence or money. In society at large greatness has much to do with what you have or what you can do. But in the eyes of Christ He sees greatness in those who are humble. Bible verse after Bible verse tells us the importance of humility. Such texts include: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
It seems that the more we read Scripture the more we understand that God is not looking for competence or ability. Instead His invitation is that of humble dependence on Him. If you look at the text above in its context, humility is preceded by an acknowledgement of who we are as sinful human beings in need of Jesus and His grace. The New Living Translation puts it this way: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3). Another translation says: "Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them”.
It makes sense that humility can only be gained when we understand the greatness of God- because it is only then that we see our own sinfulness, our own mistakes and are willing to accept God’s grace and His leading in our lives.
But there is a second aspect to humility. When we are humble we not only see our need for God, we see others differently too. We see others as equally deserving of grace, considering God’s grace extended to us. We stop competing with others and we are more willing to lift others up and exalt their good qualities rather than our own.
As you go about your day today, contemplate Christ’s goodness and His humility. Remember this and follow His example- for “the only greatness is the greatness of humility”
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Thank you to everyone who led, participated or attended the evangelistic program with Pr Barron. It was a team effort and we are grateful to God, first and foremost- but we are grateful to you all, the team, who made it happen. Many thanks to Pr Barron for coming to preach the word.