In a world where we are rapidly sailing away from anything considered old-fashioned, I often wonder if we are missing some key elements of life. In our rush to be the next business mogul, or achieve stardom, or have the next “it” product, are we allowing the foundation of society to slowly crack and crumble from beneath us?
Humility is one of these things that is seemingly becoming out-dated, and few remain to consider it something to be sought after. Yet the wisest man whoever lived, King Solomon, put humility in high regard and spoke on it often. But it wasn’t just Solomon who thought humility as an invaluable possession; Jesus also put humility in high regard, in Matthew 18:4 He said that: “anyone who becomes as humble as a little child, is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
The prophet Samuel said this about the LORD: “To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd” (2 Samuel 22:26-27). How each of us lives our lives, does matter to the Lord, and it does change how He interacts with us. For example, the disciple James promises that if we “humble yourselves before the Lord, He will lift you up in honor” (James 4:10). So humility is not just a societal issue, but also a salvation issue.
So is salvation needed in our 21 century lives? The simple answer is yes. And this question of the necessity of salvation has been asked long before any of us started breathing. In one of the oldest written books of the Bible, Job, this same thought was raised: “Yet they don’t ask, ‘Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night? Where is the one who makes us smarter than the animals and wiser than the birds of the sky?’ But when they do cry out, God does not answer because of their pride.” However, the verse continues in saying: “it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen, or to say the Almighty isn’t concerned” (Job 35:10-13).
Even though prideful people live their lives apart from God, God is still concerned about them. God wants to to have a relationship with every single one of us, and as our creator, He knows exactly what we need. We are designed to live forever, so what we have available and do on earth, is limited-time-only. Should we continue to pursue what only lasts for a moment, or pursue qualities and things that will last beyond a lifetime? Who we become, and the impact we have on others, is the only 2 things that will hold value beyond our last breath on earth.