The characteristic we see present in the early church is humility. This is dismissed by people in the church. Largely, because like so many other biblical concepts, it is twisted and misrepresented.
Humility is the key ingredient for a healthy life and church! However, it is not only the missing characteristic, it is rejected by most people behind closed doors. Again, I appeal to our continuous thirst for the ways of the world over the ways of God.
“That is a group of alpha males… I want people to know that I am in charge… I’m not going to be anyone’s doormat…” Humility is so misunderstood. I can assure you, Jesus Christ was not a doormat and at the same time he was anything but an “alpha male” and we can praise God he was neither! The Lord Jesus was incredibly bold and courageous. He was gentle and tender toward others. He laid aside His rights and “humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.” (Phil 2:8) We are to have that kind of attitude!
Here is the essence of humility – we do whatever the will of God is for us to do and say only the things that God wants us to say! The secret to humility is being totally dependent upon God. While He walked among us, every word and action of Jesus Christ flowed from what the Father told and showed Him.
A life of humility does not seek to get ahead. A life of humility seeks to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. “Alpha male” is antithetical to “take up your cross daily.”
Our problem is that we are so focused on what takes place right now until we forget the state of eternity. Jesus said, “…the last shall be first and the first shall be last.” It may be that many who are filled with pride wanting to be first are going to end up last while those who are surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus and demonstrate humility are going to be first. “First” not because they pushed and shoved but because they bowed and surrendered to the King.
So today, will you only do those things that your Lord wants you to do? Will you do it with the attitude our Lord demonstrated? Will you only say things that are true? Will they be spoken in love? Will you find freedom from trying to prove your importance by finding your identity in Jesus Christ?