Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and
said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
There are many times that Jesus humbled Himself while He walked this earth. Scripture tells us that even at the young age of twelve, He humbly obeyed His parents by leaving the temple and
His “Father’s business” to return home with them (Luke 2:41-52).
He humbled Himself when being baptized by John, to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:13-17). Jesus served His disciples in humility by washing their feet as an example of servanthood to
them (John 13:1-17).
No doubt Jesus’ greatest display of humility was in His obedience in His death on the cross. He chose to humble Himself, while at the same time dealing with an immense battle raging within His soul. With sorrow staring Him in the face and death in sight, Jesus’
posture was humility. From His humility flowed obedience to His
Father and surrender of His will.
Humility and obedience go hand-in-hand. Without one, the other is nearly impossible. It’s like the example of a child, when told to clean their room, who stomps down the hall and slams the door.
Eventually, the child has a choice. He can either humbly accept the parent’s instruction and clean his room, or he can remain stubbornly defiant.
We, too, have a choice. When called by God to do hard things, we
can cross our arms in defiance, or we can humbly accept the command. It may take some wrestling through prayer just as Jesus portrayed in the garden of Gethsemane, but ultimately, true
obedience will follow humility.
Other verses: John 6:38; Romans 15:1-3; Philippians 2:8
Pray and ask God to give you the ability to see yourself as nothing
compared to God and others. What are ways that you can be a