Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 22

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Humility

Matthew 11:28–30

Unlike the Pharisees, Christ is gentle and has a humble heart. He offers rest for the weary souls of those who come to Him and learn from Him. Christ’s humility was evident in His perfect obedience to the authority and will of His Father. He learned obedience through suffering (Hebrews 5:8) and always sought to glorify the Father and not Himself.

Jesus summarized His mission statement in saying that He had come to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came to serve and offer His life as a ransom (Mark 10:45). It is one thing to claim to be a servant, but it is another to be treated as one. Jesus Christ, the most powerful man ever to walk on the face of the earth, was also the most humble man who ever lived. His agenda was never to promote Himself, but to please His Father by loving and serving others.

Because He knew who He was, Jesus was secure enough to serve others (read John 13:3–5). In what way does your understanding of your identity relate to the issue of humility in your life?

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