A defensive lineman sacks a the quarterback in a football game. After doing so, he’ll likely take a step or two and thrust his chest out and may beat himself on the chest as he yells at the crowd as if to say “I’m the man!” Coaches are OK with this because if that’s what it takes to motivate the young man to sack the quarterback, they’re fine.
That attitude is a display of braggadocio….a young man is saying, “look at me…look at what I did,” and in America, that attitude is celebrated. But it’s not celebrated or admired in the kingdom of God.
In fact, in the kingdom of God, the opposite mindset is affirmed and that is humility.
In Matthew 5:3-9, we find “the Beatitudes.” Each verse starts with the word “blessed” and the word means “happy.” Jesus begins by saying “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Think about that; “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Jesus was referring to humility. And humility is not a trait that is admired as it should be. But, humility is the first step in the kingdom of God.
Think about it; in order for a person to become a Christian, they must first realize they need salvation….they need help and that requires humility.
Today, maybe there something you’re struggling with and you need to get on your knees before the Lord and ask for help. Jesus said “blessed are the poor in spirit.”
In the movie “Nixon,” toward the end of the movie… About the time President Nixon is preparing to resign… He realizes the time is drawing near…. he invites Henry Kissinger to get on his knees with him in the oval office before God. He turns to Kissinger and asks, “Henry have you ever been on your knees before God?”
Kissinger responds, “no sir I have not.”
Nixon says “never be ashamed to get on your knees before God Henry.”
President Nixon was right… and we shouldn’t be ashamed either. Today, let’s humble ourselves before the Father.