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Humility—The Posture of Jesus Day 4: Our Posture Before Christ

Humility—The Posture of Jesus Day 4 – Our Posture Before Christ

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10, ESV)

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV)

It’s easy to fall into the mindset that, because Jesus is our Friend, we are on some sort of equal footing. I know I approach Him far too casually at times. While I know He wants that close relationship with me, I also need to keep in mind that, while He is my Friend, He is also God—holy and worthy of honor and praise.

Humbling ourselves before God may involve several things. One is acknowledging our sinfulness and our need of His grace and forgiveness. When I approach Him, His perfection and sinlessness lie in stark contrast to who I am before Him. He is the Giver, and I am the taker; I need Him. My eyes should be opened to my lowliness as a sinful human, and His worthiness as a sinless Savior.

It should also involve a removal of any self-righteousness or pride, things God detests. There is no place for arrogance or haughtiness as we take our place in His presence. Our sinfulness should humble us when we have an accurate view of our own hearts. We may think we aren’t as bad as someone else, or that we are pretty good people overall, but we all fall short of God’s standard, the only measuring stick He measures with. 

Humbling ourselves may also involve taking a position of kneeling or even lying prostrate on the floor. There are times when this is our response, as circumstances reveal our deep need of Him and we are desperate for help, healing or peace. 

When we consider the attributes of our Father, we get a clearer picture of how worthy He is of our service to Him, and of how elevated He is and how small we are. Thinking of all He’s accomplished for us as His children should prompt praise and worship from our hearts, displayed through our words and actions. 

I don’t think it’s wrong to consider Jesus as our Friend—He calls Himself such in Scripture. But I do think we must be careful that we not approach Him in all His holiness with a casual stance. Our attitude before Christ must be as John stated in his Gospel: “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30, NIV).

May these words be the needed reminder as we spend time with Jesus—our Friend, yes, but also the holy Son of God.

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