Bonded | Devotion #4: Humble Mind
Kyle Wendel | Children’s & Student Director
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8
Humble: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.
Humility is something that is a very close subject for me. Pride and humility go against each other completely. Being humble means to put yourself under or below others and to make others more important.
When I came out of High School, I knew I wanted to go into youth ministry. I could feel God calling me to it, and I could not get away from it. Ministry was not something I saw myself ever doing. I am a pretty quiet and shy guy. Also, I hated public speaking. So in ministry, you kind of need to be someone that can talk with others and to be able to speak to a crowd. That was the complete opposite of what I was. So as I felt God’s calling to it, I laughed. But after months of prayer, I knew that is what He wanted. My thought was that I would get to go into ministry right away. God had some different plans for me.
For the first three years of my time on staff here at The River, I was a maintenance guy. I went from thinking I was going straight to youth director to cleaning toilets. At the time I thought it was awful, but today I can tell you it was the best thing for me. God knew I was not ready for leading just yet. Being the maintenance guy taught me a lot of things. First off, it taught me I needed to be willing to do anything for the Lord. Cleaning toilets was serving Him and taught me that to be the leader, I needed to be able to do the lowly items. Second, I was able to see behind the scenes of ministry. I saw all the cleanup and set up that people do not notice or realize. I learned many more things, but most importantly I learned to be a servant no matter what the circumstance is.
We see this same attitude with Jesus. In all ways, Jesus humbled Himself and had a humble mind. Jesus could have easily come to Earth and told everyone to worship Him as a king here on Earth. But instead, we see that Jesus came and humbled Himself to human form. We also see in John chapter 13 that Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. That was something that was for the lowest servant of the house. Feet back then were disgusting. They did not have the roads and such that we have now. Roads were dirty, and feet were gross. Jesus, of all people, showed humility to the point of washing His own disciples’ feet. If that is not humility, I do not know what is.
Matthew 20:28 (NIV) says, “Even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus came as the Son of God to serve His people. Nowhere do you see in history kings serving their people as Jesus did. Ultimately, Jesus served us by giving up His life on the cross to save us from our sins. He put us before Himself. He humbled Himself even to the point of death on a cross. That is what our example is. Jesus shows us that if we want to serve God that we need to be willing to do anything for Him. Washing feet, cleaning toilets, chair setup, teaching, and preaching are all things that glorify God. We need all of those things to work.
What are some ways you can work on being more humble?