Blessed are those who are humble. They will be given the earth. –Matthew 5:5, NIRV
I was recently with a small group of children’s ministers from all over the country. In conversation the verse Numbers 12:3 was mentioned, which says, “Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.” Someone pointed out the humorous fact that Moses is the author of this verse.
It does seem prideful for someone to claim he is humble, and even more so the most humble man that has ever lived.
But consider Moses’ response to God’s call for his life.
Moses understood the weight of being God’s representative before the Pharaoh and pleaded with God to call someone else. He fell on his face and stuttered, “W-w-w-who am I to appear b-b-b-before Ph-f-f-araoh? W-w-w-who am I to lead the p-p-p-people of Israel out of Egypt-t-t?” (Exodus 3:11)
Paul writes, “‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all” (1 Timothy 1:15). Moses raises his hand in agreement, “I’m right there with you, Paul.” These Biblical pillars were keenly aware of their own inadequacies and the great mission that laid before them.
But it wasn’t about who they were or who they weren’t. It was about who God is and His great love for us. Paul continues to write in 1 Timothy 1:16, “But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.”
Like Moses and Paul, we have been called to be Christ’s ambassadors. In your workplace, your neighborhood, your family, you have been called to share the gospel and make disciples. You are lacking, but the Spirit will work through your weakness if you come to Him humble.
Blessed. Holy. Righteous. Set-apart are the humble.
What are you currently doing that puts you on your face before the throne of God in humble reliance?