A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Do Not Murder”
Read: Philippians 2:5-11
Michael Jordan is considered by many to be one of the greatest athletes of all time. He conquered the basketball world in the 90s by leading the Chicago Bulls to six championships and earning the Most Valuable Player award in each championship series. He was dominant in the sport and still holds many individual records that some say may never be surpassed.
However, when Jordan’s father died in 1993, Michael walked away from the sport of basketball. Rather than simply retire to enjoy his wealth and family, he announced that he wanted to play professional baseball. The world marveled as the greatest basketball player of all time left his sport in order to be mediocre at another one. Michael’s baseball career was rough as he worked at improving himself in the minor leagues.
The irony of a great player leaving his specialty, a place where his talent is globally celebrated, and depart to a place where he is merely considered better than amateur is extremely humbling. Some considered the move extremely foolish. Michael was just trying to pay tribute to his father, who always loved the sport of baseball and passed it on to his son.
The humbling of Michael Jordan cannot even come close in comparison with the humility that God the Son displayed when He left His throne and took on flesh. Jesus, who took part in the creation of the universe, came down and submitted himself to one of the most painful deaths imaginable.
This is the Savior whom we worship. He was willing to do these things because He understood that equality with God was not to be used for His advantage. Christ demonstrates His holiness through His humility. Any other person would have considered equality with God something to take advantage of. Adam and Even sinned because they wanted to be equal with God. Their motives betrayed them revealing how different they truly were from him. Humanity seeks to rise in position while Christ humbled Himself willingly.
As followers of Jesus, we should willingly reflect the heart of the Savior and lower ourselves in service to others. There is power in humility. When we serve others in a way that reflects the way that Christ served us, people are moved. While Michael was humiliated through his lack of skill, we get to demonstrate humility through maximizing our efforts to help others.
Pause and Reflect:
• What is the difference between humility and humiliation?
• How did Christ demonstrate humility by dying on a cross?
• What can you do to serve someone else in humility today?