My Life is Worth Something
“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. ... and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”—John 13:3—5.
THESE words indicate that the humility of Jesus was a trait of dignity and not of servility.
In these days of arrogance, cruelty, and selfishness, this cardinal virtue of humility needs re-emphasis.
Humility means, literally, “level”; so that a humble person is “on the level”; that is, “well-balanced” in thought and act. He has a level-headed view of himself. Humility is not self-depreciation but accurate self-valuation.
Humility requires knowledge of what one is good for in this world. Arnölf said he could build the best dome in Florence; Stradivarius declared that God saw the skill of Anton Stradivarius to make Stradivarius violins. Neither statement involved conceit, but only accurate estimate of ability. Like Jesus, these men knew what they were here for.
Why should any Christian ever ask, “Is life worth living”? It is worth living if it fulfils the purpose for which it was made. To use ability worthily, to extend one’s influence helpfully, to improve personality, to advance human welfare, even to pray confidently—are effective and worthful services, and they require humility. Jesus was most conscious of His divinity at the moment of His humble service to others.
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