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“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28 (KJV)


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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) believed the goal of human existence was the cultivation of individuals who towered above the herd. His philosophy of the Superman was the polar opposite of a self-giving God. Yet in the final years of his life, Nietzsche signed his letters "the Crucified One" still wrestling with how to respond to the Christ of the Bible. The philosopher who pronounced God dead found it impossible to ignore the humility of Jesus.

It's easy to minimize the remarkable choice God made when He came to earth not as a king or a warrior but as a baby.

God knew that humility, more than a show of power, would get our attention.

How else would we come to believe that the road to greatness leads downward?

Humility remains a key part of how God shows His love.

That's why He desires to see this characteristic reproduced in His children.

On at least three occasions, Jesus repeated the principle,

"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

(Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14; see also Matthew 23:12). Christ's words echoed the life He was living—a life so surprising in its humility that it is hard for anyone to ignore.


Lord, thank You for being an example for us. Humble me in everything l do by remembering Your life when You were on earth. I want to have such a servant's heart in the way I relate to others that I may lead them to You. In Your mighty name Jesus, l pray, Amen.

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