“And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.” – Mark 9:33-34
Close to the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His disciples still argued who the greatest was. On the way they debated this and Jesus did not contribute in their discussion, but now seated, He questioned them what they were discussing. but they held their peace, obviously knowing they were wrong. Jesus had taught them not to exalt themselves and to go to the lowly seats when attending a function. But here, close to the end of the Lord’s earthly ministry, they were arguing over leadership!
Walking with God takes humility.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6 (KJV)
God resists walking with the proud but gives strength to the humble to go all the way with Him. Humility is a state of the heart that minimizes itself and exalts God and others; a state of the heart that does not seek its own glory or draw attention to itself. It is the power to knowingly place oneself in a lowly position like Jesus who knowingly placed Himself in Man’s place.
Humility is not a gift, but something to be learned, cultivated and borne.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” – Matt. 11:29 KJV
Humility is the soil on which all gifts grow and thrive. Any gift outside humility is counterfeit or at best corrupted. Humility is a very difficult lesson to learn. The disciples loved Jesus, believed Him, were fervently attached to Him, forsook all and followed Him. They obeyed Him, whatever the command. Yet, deep within their hearts, behind all the faith, sacrifice and service, there was a dark power of self and pride; the quest and desire to dominate others. That monster is in all of us.
Even as they sat with Him at the last supper, this monster reared itself up: there was strife!
How then do we check this monster?
Watch, mind, the messages or words you listen to.
“Take heed therefore how ye hear.” – Luke 8:18
This is a warning! What you hear can stir pride in you and make God resist you. As we humble ourselves, God will supply us the power to walk with Him. Empty yourself and God shall fill you up.