Jesus modeled what it means to be humble before God. He who had every right and position made Himself nothing so that the Father’s will would be accomplished. In Ephesians Paul tells us that we are God’s handiwork, His masterpiece…He is working on us to make us into the image and likeness of His Son. If that is the case then we must reflect the nature and character of Jesus. That means we must humble ourselves and choose God’s way instead of our own. Prideful people choose their way over God’s because they believe that their way is better for them, but as Jesus demonstrated we must give up our rights and position and humble ourselves before God.
Peter puts it this way…
1 Peter 5:5-6 (NIV)
5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Just as God exalted Jesus because of His humble submission to the Father so too God will lift us up in due time.
Lord break the pride and self-centeredness that I am so prone to and help me to walk humbly before you.