It’s been a while…
I’ve decided to post my quiet time reflections here as often as possible. In this way, I accomplish two things:
1. Be forced to do my quiet times daily
2. Share what I have learned to friends and guests alike.
So, here it goes…
I was looking at my bible one day, and I discovered that I had written something on the front cover’s inner lining, it was a quote from our pastor, kuya Caloy:
“Napaka hirap saktan ng isang humble na person”
At that time, I was having increasing incidences of shouting or getting angry at people close to me. That made me ponder. I remembered Jesus’ quote from the sermon on the mount:
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth”
This quote, in turn, made me go to Philippians 2:3-8, where Paul the apostle discusses the humility of Christ:
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
A lot of thoughts came flashing through mind. Some of them are:
- humility is something you don’t have when you think you do have it
- Even before Leonidas thought that a God could bleed, a God bled to death
- If Xerxes’ getting wounded by a “mortal” was humiliation, what would you call Jesus’ death on the cross
- Humility and obedience go together, and in Christ’s context, obedience meant lots of grace, patience, and pride-swallowing
- For God to become and and to die at the hands of men is like a man becoming an ant and getting executed by fellow ants (anyone willing to become an ant and die by their hands to save them?).
- I was angry about small things, while Christ forgave those who wanted to take his life. He did not retaliate, even if all the powers of heaven was his to command.
Truly, the Word of God never ceases to bring fresh revelation. Try reading the passage, and you might still find something that I might have missed.
Dear Lord, teach us to be humble like you. May we learn obedience from your example. Help us to not think highly of ourselves. May we forgive those who are against us; just as you forgave those who mistreated you. May we consider others, and not just ourselves. May we be salt and light to the world, as we follow in your footsteps.