by: Ame-Phil O. Saquiban
Growing in humility has power. First, it gives us the power to reach out to others. It helps us connect genuinely and identify ourselves with others. It finds ways to effectively bring the message to people concerned. This power to reach out was demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ that while He knows that He is the Son of God, He came in the likeness of man and took the form of a servant so that He could reach us out and bring us to where He is, to a level of holiness and righteousness.
Another is the power to spur reconciliation. Without humility, conflicting people cannot be restored back to their original relationship. They will never come in between and make amends with one another. But with humility, there is reconciliation that will eventually result to unity at home, in the community or in the workplace. Without humility, we tend to look down on others and consider ourselves better all the time. If we are leaders with such attitude, we cannot muzzle a group of people to believe in us and support us. Soon people will leave us because we tend to abuse our power and become harsh to them. But what was written for us regarding this? We must consider others better than ourselves. It is recognizing the grace working in the life of others and admitting that there are things that we cannot do that others can and that we need one another.
Third thing that humility can empower us with is to bring restoration to an erring person. A person who is not humble finds it difficult to recognize and admit the mistakes committed. In so doing, this person will never be restored into his or her original state before he/she committed sin. Let us consider again the life of the prodigal son in the Scriptures. If he did not humble himself and went back to his father, he could not have been restored to his original position as a son. But the moment he humbled himself before his father, everything was restored to him. His rights, authority, and privileges as a son were restored back to him.
Perhaps, in our case, our Almighty Father is just waiting for us to humble ourselves and confess our sins before Him so that we can be restored back to where we have been. Also, let us remember that we need the aid of the Almighty God as Filipinos. God also made clear His condition for the healing of our land – “if My people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land”.
CRFV Winning Team
A company of men and women who have committed their lives to the cause of national transformation.