A Humble Image

“Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.”—Proverbs 3:34 (NKJV)
Perhaps the most wonderful thing I have ever learned about you and me is that we are created in the very image of God Himself. We are the Imago Dei, the image of God! No one could possibly bestow more honor upon us than God does with this fact. When we truly embrace this reality, it allows us to enjoy a God-endorsed self-esteem that frees us to enjoy the life God has for us, even in the most difficult moments.
But with this endorsement comes responsibility. One of the biggest threats to our ability to properly live out this honor is forgetting Who is responsible for us having it. It is God. We have literally done nothing to merit being everything to Him. And when we forget that it was all Him we lose part of His image, the part of Him that is marked by His humility.
It is hard to imagine that our infinite, limitless, titanic God is often described by His humility. And we are told to walk in that very part of His image. This is best seen in Paul’s admonition to the Philippians—and to us—when he says that we are to have the same attitude that was in Christ Jesus, “who, being in the very form of God . . . made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant . . .” (Philippians 2:5–7 NKJV). Read that again if you must, but don’t miss the immense humility involved in this. And we are told to follow suit, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3 NKJV).
What I want us to catch here is that the same esteem that comes from being the Imago Dei is precisely the same esteem that considers others better than himself or herself. It is not so much self-esteem as it is God-esteem. And it is what we were created to image or reflect.
The great philosopher and author G.K. Chesterton wrote that, “Humility is the mother of giants.” To that, I can only add, “Wow!”
This is why so many people miss who Jesus was and is. For when we are told that a great king has been born unto us, how many of us would know to look for Him upon a cross; beaten, nail-torn, and bloody? But there He was, saving us in all the splendor of His humility. May He grant us this grace as well.
DIG: Are you experiencing the daily privilege of being the very image of God? If not, what is replacing His image in you? Confess that now, and ask God to restore you to who He made you to be.
DISCOVER: Look up the words “humility” and “humble” in your Bible and learn about God through these texts.
DISPLAY: Start showing your world today the glory and splendor of humility. Journal the results you get from the people in your life when you intentionally live “considering others better than yourself.” I think you’ll like reflecting God’s image when you do.

About the Author

Bill Schott