To obey is an action. Humility comes before any act of obeying. Humility means that you declare Jesus to be King and His way to have primacy (first and supreme) over your own. The Holy Spirit is the only one that gives us the power to be humble.
Learning What You Already Know
Today we will be talking about a curious little verse that follows from our previous discussion about being made new.
To give insight into these verses, let us use
Part of the reason the Hebrews verse is so difficult to understand is because of our own starting point. Just look at any parent raising a child. Most of the time, the parent has to teach the child to obey. She has to teach the child to just do what she says. What then is the problem? What keeps a child from obeying his mother or father by doing what he is told? Let us add another wrinkle we do not often think of. No parent is fooled into thinking that his young child obeys because the child wants to. Generally, to get the child to do what she is asked to do, the parent has to offer her some sort of prize for obedience or threaten to take something away when she disobeys.
Even God begins with us this way. He began this way with Israel in
How To Obey
Now with the right mindset, we can begin to talk about Jesus and humility. By looking at Jesus in
Philippians 2:8 in Philippians says that Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient unto death. One would have thought that humility comes before obedience. Instead, Philippians teaches that becoming humble is the process of becoming obedient. Humility then is not a thing you possess. Humility is like the sun. Sure the sun looks like a bright light stuck in the sky but pictures of its surface reveal that the sun is not static or still. The sun is an incessant conflagration and it remains the sun only by being constantly on fire. By always being on fire, the sun is never the same and so in a sense, the sun is always becoming the sun. Similarly, one can have humility but only by consistently becoming humble. You can see the fires of humility by watching the humble one as he/she learns obedience. So to sum up:
Hebrews 5:8 gives the other side by saying, “Although He was a Son, (_________) He learned obedience”. Well you can see there that I have put a gap between Son and learning obedience. That gap is to explain what was required before a son can learn obedience. A son enters into the world with an exalted position. He is beloved by his father. Jesus Christ, Son of God, has always been with The Father. Furthermore, He has always obeyed His Father. So how did He learn obedience? The gap between sonship and obedience is humility. His Position as Son is mentioned to show that Jesus had opportunity and occasion to do whatever He wanted and no one could have questioned Him. Yet He puts His privilege aside, and as
And now our equivalence is complete. Obedience is humility expressed. Through obedience, I become humble. Through humility, I become obedient. In the midst of these statements, there is a great deal of life.
Power For Humility
So if you want to become humble, the word says: Obey!. And if you want to obey, the word says: Be Humble!. What does being humble mean? It means that in your life, you are not God’s equal. It means that you have chosen to order your life and deeds by His Words. Therefore, before I can obey God, I must make Him my Ruler and my Lord.
But all this has been circular. I can’t obey till I become humble and I can’t be humble till I obey. How does one, so to speak, break into the circle to get started? How does one gain the strength to be humble? Well as with everything else, it all begins with God. God grants humility through His Humble Holy Spirit