James 4:10 NIV
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:10 – Message
Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
Go lower, for it is in that place that God can take you higher. Take the place of least desire so God can give you the place He desires.
When you choose the towel and basin, God can trust you with nations. No one enjoys the road of humility, but it is the road that leads to honour. According to Proverbs, humility ushers the way for the king. It is only through choosing the way of sacrifice and what others might see as lower, that God can trust you with the greater things of the kingdom. The guy with the towel and basin was King. If the King of kings can embrace humility and suffering. If the King of kings can wash my feet, going lower is the only way for me to go. For he said, I am the way. This implies if you want to know directions, follow me. Many times we try to avoid the way He took, but He is the way. Therefore, I choose to follow.
What does this look like in Freda’s life? This is difficult, for it can look like many different things, but it could start with serving. It might be for me holding an orphan in Africa or it could be helping my neighbour. It might be walking with a family in a moment of uncertainty or loving the one others pass by. It can have many faces, but probably the hardest one for me is when it comes to laying down my right and my will for the sake of another. We all want our comforts and an easy road, but the humble road is not easy. Yet, it is this road that builds us to be trusted with things we otherwise could not be trusted with. It brings life.