"All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5b
Humility can best defined as: "A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a humble opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for the God's sake." God tells us that he gives grace to the humble. When we are humble we realize the poor condition of which we came from and that we need God.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." When we walk in humility we are able to walk not in self-centeredness, but we will become God centered. We will be able to be conscious of our weaknesses and quick to give credit to God and others for what we accomplish. We can become dependent on God for our worth and fruitfulness in this life knowing that we could do nothing apart from God.
Jesus is our example. Although he was part God and part man, he was willing to submit himself to God and to lay down his life for God's plan and purposes. He did not exalt himself here on earth. He being God was willing to come in the form of his creation man, so that we may receive reconciliation back to God through his plan of salvation.
When we see that we were destined for destruction and death and realize that we are wicked above all things, we become a vessel of humility. When we realize we need a Savior, we realize that it is not about what we can do, but all about what he can do for us. When we submit to his Lordship, we no longer rely on our abilities and strengths, but we rely on God.
When we see others and willing give greater honor to them and we clothe ourselves with humility, we become the vessels of grace for God understanding his goodness reaching out and extending it to others. Humility is what leads us to Jesus and the cross. So today, may we reflect and remember the goodness of God and walk in humility.