Text:-Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5)
Today is Palm Sunday in which Christians all over the world commemorate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem which was foretold by Prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9-12). He rode a donkey, a symbol of humility and peace.
The Epistle appointed for today’s service harps on the issue of humility. Humility which implies the quality of having modest view of one’s importance or the quality of not thinking of being better than others. It is the opposite of pride. Humility is of utmost importance to Christians. Christ’s humility is the perfect example of humility that must be followed (Philippian 2). Humility which is part of the fruit of the Spirit begins with obedience, and without it, it is difficult to be humble. Had Naaman not humbled himself, and followed the instruction given to him to wash himself in River Jordan, he would have forever remained in his leprosy (II Kings 5:9-15) Abraham’s humble obedience when called upon by God to leave the land led to his greatness and immense blessings from God Had it been that he allowed himself to be ruled by ride, and set aside God’s directive he would not have become what he became. In the same way had Noah not been humble enough to obey God’s instruction to construct an ark, he would not have been saved together with his family.
Our humility, as a matter of fact, must first be to God. In all our dealings with him, we must be humble. We all need to have the sense of our lowliness before him. He is our maker, and we are the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 95) this admonition becomes necessary because some people carry themselves so high as if to say they made themselves great, powerful and influential in life (1Corinthian 4:7).
Humility leads to wisdom (Proverb 11:2) and grace (1Peter 5:5). It takes advice (Proverb 13:10) and leads to honour (Proverb 15:33) and exaltation (1Peter 5:6). It is the cure for evil desires (James 4:4- 6). Humility eliminates quarrels and brings about peace (Proverb 13:10). It gives accurate perspective of oneself. In other words, it prevents one from thinking more highly of himself than he ought to, and by so doing one does not fall into avoidable problems. Humility pays, it draws us closer to God. There is nothing to be gained by being proud.
Let us therefore put on humility in order to win God’s favour.
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D