July 28, 2023

Humility With The Son

Written by Boyd Bailey

As the humility of Jesus captures your motivation and desires, you truly are other-centered, always on the lookout for ways to bless others in Jesus’ name.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 28, 2023

But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:7-8

To bow before Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, genuine humility is required. No pretense. No pride. Only a contrite, consecrated heart to the Son of God, who left the glories of heaven to glorify God on earth. The sinless, spotless Lamb of God, who in the beginning, was the Word, who became flesh and dwelt among the human in grace and truth. The Creator became the created to show us God and to bring us to God by grace through faith in His sacrificial death and resurrection. Jesus Christ’s humility was only rivaled by His love…who, motivated by radical, generous love, laid down His life for the sins of the world. Humility with the Son starts with your salvation. Becoming a citizen in God’s Kingdom requires being born from above. Not a tired, rote religion, a resume of good deeds, or an intellectual assent of facts. A soul is saved when it is humbled by the Holy Spirit’s conviction, which reveals how pure holiness cannot look at sin. Only by the blood of His Son Jesus can the Father see a humble heart with faith in Jesus. 

Andrew Murray, in his classic book Humility, describes the Incarnate Christ humbling Himself to save us and how we appropriate His humility to believe in His atonement for our sins,

Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us. As the love and condescension of God make Him the benefactor and helper and servant of all, Jesus of necessity was the Incarnate Humility. And so, He is still in the midst of the throne, the meek and lowly Lamb of God. If this be the root of the tree, its nature must be seen in every branch and leaf and fruit. If humility is the first, the all-including grace of the life of Jesus—if humility is the secret of His atonement—then the health and strength of our spiritual life will entirely depend upon our putting this grace first, too, and making humility the chief thing we admire in Him, the chief thing we ask of Him, the one thing for which we sacrifice all else.

Christ’s humility is meant to humble us and lead us to faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Humility grows us in God.

Embrace the Son’s humility, which will draw you closer to the Son. Christ truly becomes your life with no room for a life fleeing in fear, fumbling along in unfaithfulness, or relationally fractured in unforgiveness. As the humility of Jesus captures your motivation and desires, you truly are other-centered, always on the lookout for ways to bless others in Jesus’ name. The thought of being offended is not top of mind because you leave any offense with the Cross of Christ. People may take a step back from believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, but love takes a step forward with caring concern. Never get over your admiration of Christ’s humility as your chief ambition; make humility your chief attribute, and you will flourish. 

Humility with the Son requires us to empty ourselves of any competing affections for Christ. Any selfish desires, self-reliant tendencies, and actions void of love and obedience are intentionally put to death to embrace being a servant of our Lord. A life full of the Holy Spirit has no room for pride, only overflowing in grace, mercy, and humility. Choosing to become nothing so Jesus Christ can be everything is our daily choice to walk in humility. Humility with Jesus leads us to salvation in Jesus and grows us to remain in Christ and rest in His abiding love.


Heavenly Father, by your grace, I seek to walk with Jesus in humility through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Who do you know whom you can learn from in walking humbly with Jesus?

Related Reading

Zechariah 9:9; Luke 2:5, 9:58; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Hebrews 4:15, 5:7

Worship Resource

Taya: Carry Me Home


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