Matthew 18:1-4 – At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford’s character, Indiana Jones, searches for the Holy Grail. The treasure is hidden in an ancient temple with deadly traps deterring entry by anyone but the most dedicated. Ford’s iconic character must face his fears and pride to survive the obstacles in order to save his beloved father.
At one point Ford is forced to bow down and slip under a whirling blade hidden in the wall. The only clue he has is the phrase, “Only the penitent man will pass.” By humbling himself, he is able to pass under the blade and on to the goal.
While our goodness is so pathetic that is cannot earn salvation, it is not utterly for naught. Jesus Christ taught again and again that key to living a life blessed by God was humility. Repentance takes humility. Trusting in God with our lives takes humility. Admitting that we do not have all the answers takes humility. Helping someone lower than us on the social ladder without seeking recognition takes humility.
Humility takes work, but it is worth it. For his humble service, Abraham is called the father of many nations. In his humility Moses was appointed the leader of Israel during one of their most trying times. Jesus humbled Himself to become a man and submitted to nothing less than crucifixion. For His great tribulation, Christ was resurrected and exalted to be set down at the right hand of God the Father to reign over all things until the end of time. Humility matters.
By humbling ourselves before Him, God’s children can turn away from sin and self indulgence toward the blessings of God’s kingdom. Like I said, humility matters. Actually Jesus said it.