God Exalts the Humble

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

1 Peter 5: 6

Humility seems to be a virtue endangered nowadays. The world urges us not to be humiliated by anyone. The media tell us that we have rights that no one should trample. Parades are made to show pride; but no parade is done to show humility. If God exalts the humble, but hates pride, you do not need to be a scientist to realize why things go wrong in the world. It is obvious that the relationship between God and humanity is not going through its best.

I remember something that happened to me while I was doing my doctoral studies in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico. Once I was talking with several teachers and I called Doctor to a university official who had received me when I first came to it in 1986. One teacher corrected me a bluntly saying that this man was not a doctor. I realized his words pride and ostentation of those who acquire a doctorate in science.

The lack of humility is not limited to people of the world. It is painful to see people who are supposed to serve God, but whose pride it flows through the pores. There are striking cases of religious who are offended if they are not called pastor, apostle, reverend, prophet or evangelist. If we call a “unordered” servant as pastor, the complaint goes away. The same happens if you call pastor who feels the power to be called an apostle or prophet. That person is just as upset if told that his mother practiced the oldest profession in the world.

What did Jesus say? See Matthew 23:8-12:  But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

In the Kingdom of God is not greater who has the most sonorous titles, but he who serves all others. And our standard model is Jesus Christ himself, and says Philippians 2:5-11: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. God bless you.

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