Humility: Jesus, the Ultimate Example

Published on May 27, 2024
Category: Behold!

Read the Bible in One Year: OT Joshua 16-18, NT 2:1-24

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them

Luke 2:6-7

Jesus is the ultimate example of humility.

The gospel writer Luke describes in detail the situations surrounding the birth of Jesus. One of the striking things about Luke’s narrative about Jesus’ birth is how simple it is in contrast to how great the events are. The Bible tells us that Mary brought forth her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger (a feeding trough for animals). Despite being the Son of God, Jesus willingly entered the world in a lowly and humble manner, identifying with the human condition.

There was no room in the inn. Jesus, the Son of God, was born in a public place, with other travelers and residents. “Men were trafficking, and little children playing, and women gossiping beside the well and lo! The kingdom of heaven was among them. “(Morrison). “That there was no room in the inn was symbolic of what was to happen to Jesus. The only place where there was room for him was on a cross. ” (Barclay)

Jesus’ life and ministry were marked by selfless service to others. He declares that He came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). Jesus washed His disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17), showing humility by performing a task usually reserved for servants. In humility and obedience, Jesus submitted to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42). Philippians 2:5-8 provides profound evidence of Jesus’ humility reminding us how He voluntarily emptied Himself of His divine privileges, choosing to take on human form and serve humanity. Jesus’ humility serves as an example for us to follow.

Six ways we can practice humility:

  1. Focus on the needs and well-being of others. This involves acts of kindness, going the extra mile, and looking for opportunities to support and uplift others without expecting anything in return.
  2. Practice active listening and empathy by valuing and considering others above ourselves, seeking to understand their perspectives, and empathizing with their feelings and experiences.
  3. Choose humility in conflicts by seeking resolution over insisting on winning or proving a point. This sometimes means setting aside pride, ego, and the need to be right, being open to feedback, admitting mistakes, and being willing to reconcile and forgive.
  4. Recognize and value the contributions of others by not seeking personal recognition or self-promotion. It involves celebrating the achievements of others and giving credit where it is due, acknowledging the strengths and accomplishments of others.
  5. Responding with grace, love, and patience involves controlling anger, showing forgiveness, extending mercy, and being slow to take offense.
  6. Practice self-reflection and self-awareness by regularly examining our motives and attitudes. Ask the Lord to show us areas of pride. Ask Him to help us consciously choose humility in our thoughts, words, and deeds.

Cultivating humility is a lifelong journey that requires constant effort and relying on God’s grace alone.

How does Jesus’ humble birth challenge my expectations of greatness and significance in life? How can I actively cultivate a servant’s heart and prioritize the needs of others above my own? How do I handle conflicts and disagreements? As I follow the Servant King, do I prioritize humility and reconciliation, or do I tend to hold onto pride and the need to be right?


Lord, help me grow in humility as I follow you my Servant King, amen.

Scripture Writing: Philippians 2:5-8

Song – Servant King

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Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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