“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:5-7, ESV).
Recently, someone told me humility is to know your worth yet lower yourself to serve others. This made me uncomfortable. I believed humility is having an honest perception of yourself. And I was a rebel against God, so I deserved hell. A sinner unworthy of anything good.
Yet there were pieces missing to this. The “humility” I knew was a façade that made me feel undeserving. I was chained to perfectionism, believing I had to be enough, and strangled with anxiety because I was never enough. I’ve held onto this shard of truth so long that it was scraping at my heart, and I knew I must be missing something.
I knew that God has called me His child and shown me abundant love, yet I still identified with my old nature: unworthy! Christ is worthy. Could it be true that, in Christ, I have the same inheritance? That, as a child of God, I could be worthy of love, goodness, and grace?
This could change everything. As I identify with Christ, accepting that I am worthy of the Father’s love, I can follow His example as a servant. I can love and serve the rebels, because they have the potential to be found in the Savior. They have hope of healing and restoration, of no longer being defined by brokenness, but by God’s grace, which begins the process of wholeness.
Father, I want to enter more fully into the abundant life You offer. Help me to daily surrender my past, accept Your grace, and humbly share Your love with others.