“Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4 AMP)
When was the last time you were humiliated?
The Greek word for humble is “tapeinoo” and it means to depress (to push down; to sadden or discourage); to humiliate (in condition or heart) – abase (to lower in rank), bring low.
Nobody walks around looking to be humiliated. In fact, we don’t even like thinking about ourselves in that position. But no matter how bad it seems, the reality is that it points to a greatness factor.
If your pursuit is to live life from God’s perspective, then at one time or another you’ve felt humiliated, inferior, little, lesser, outsmarted or even outdated because of it.
Resist the right to feel discouraged, because these are the times when low is great.
Lord, give us a fresh new passion for living this life for You. When it gets tough, remind us of Your loving truths and allow them to lift us to a place of full assurance, joy and contentment in You. We want to love the things You love, and sincere humility is one of them. Show us what that looks like in our everyday encounters. In Jesus we pray, amen.