Zechariah 9:9 (ESV)- Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The season of Advent is the beginning of the Ecclesiastical Calendar year. Advent is a reminder that just as Jesus came the first time according to prophecy, he will return a second time in order to save his people and establish true, everlasting justice.
In its wisdom, the Church saw it necessary that we first meditate on the main virtue upon which the Incarnation of Christ is founded: Humility. The Son of God became man in order to conquer the enemies of God and to set the captives to sin, free. (Isaiah 61:1-3)
This world is a place of conflict in which practically everyone is trying to assert themselves over others for the sake of receiving recognition. The very essence of all the world’s conflicts can be resumed in one word: PRIDE.
John 16:33 (ESV)- I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
If Jesus would’ve come into the world as a pompous King of Heaven, the whole world would’ve resisted him- because the conventional attitude of the world is to pridefully stand against pride, through self-assertion.
Unlike the other creatures of the world, God created mankind in his image and likeness. (Gen. 1:26) This means that by nature, humans reflect many of the attributes of God. One of those attributes is to be the objects of worship.
The word “worship” can be simply defined as the act of treating someone according to their worth. Since we were created in the image of God, it is normal for human beings to desire to be valued, respected, honored and venerated.
Pride is essentially a delusional, over-estimation of our value that provides us a false notion of superiority above others. On the other hand, humility is the attitude that strives to not only see the proper worth of others, but also to consider these to be in many ways superior than ourselves. Romans 12:10 (NIV)-
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
The root of all sin is pride. (Is. 14:12-15; Matt. 4:9) When Jesus entered Jerusalem as a conquering King, he did so by riding an animal of burden, rather than on a white war horse. By doing this, Jesus was putting into effect God’s secret weapon against the root of sin: Humility.
Proverbs 29:23 (NIV)- Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
Concord is never the product of pride. As long as pride is used in order to fight pride, the cycle of contention and competition increases. But when one person strategically places his pride aside, the prideful person is left exposed in his self-love and over-appreciation. This is when pride loses all its power…and people “defect” unto the side of humility. Luke 22:27 (ESV)-
For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
Whenever God answers our prayers, it is as if he were “serving” us in accordance to our requests. In fact, God humbly serves his whole creation on a constant basis by holding us together by the power of his Word and giving us everything we need for our sustenance. (Hebrews 1:3; Acts 17:28)
The restaurant business is big, not because we are necessarily hungry for food, but because our false egos enjoy to be served.
Humility takes advantage of our inordinate desire to be served by penetrating through the manifold layers of pride and taking root in the heart. This is why most people love the humble.
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.“ When people come to the understanding of how God has served us, then it is natural for them to desire to serve Him.
Humility is the most powerful weapon in God’s arsenal because by apparently satisfying our false egos, it penetrates our hearts- rendering us victims to love. Humility teaches us that if we want to have influence over people, that the best way to do it is by sincerely valuing them according to their inherent worth as children of God.
Humility is so powerful that it renders the omnipotent God defenseless. This is why being fully devoted to God is so important. Isaiah 55:15 (ESV)-
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Lets be like God…Let us conquer through humility by winning hearts!