Humble and Happy

The things that Jesus taught us on how to be happy are definitely not in line with how we think sometimes or what we hear from the world at large. In John 13 we find the Lord Jesus Christ bowing as a servant before His disciples in order to wash their feet. They are very disturbed by this as they did not think that Jesus should stoop to such an act of service. This was no doubt a very humbling task. Jesus tells them, “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well: for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” This washing of the feet was the duty of servants in that day. In our day we don’t have the same kind of servants as they did that would wash people’s feet but we should still have a servant’s heart. Jesus then tells them, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Our fleshly nature does not want to take the attitude of servant because it would rather be served. We are tempted to believe that the more we are served and the more people do for us then the happier we will be. However, Jesus teaches us just the opposite. When we humble ourselves and serve others as the example of Christ teaches us then we will find true happiness. We will find it truly is more blessed to give than it is to receive. We are so overcome sometimes with making sure ourselves are happy that we very seldom find it fitting for ourselves to deny ourselves and to serve others. Do you want to be happy? Then be humble and serve others. There is far greater joy in being humble than there is in being haughty.