Humility is a characteristic that we need to develop. It is one of those characteristics that I think we can see that God possesses too. With that in mind, it should not be a surprise that we are told to be humble too.
Humble is a word that comes from root words referring to the earth or ground. Some one who humbles himself or is humbled is brought low; An image of going from high to low. Someone who is humble is not a person who thinks of himself as the center of everything.
Many years ago people thought the earth was the center of the universe. It is referred to as a Geo-centric view. By rearranging the letters you can go from Geo to Ego. Ego, of course, is the Latin word for self or I. An Ego centric view is that the world revolves around oneself.
So what about the one around whom the world does indeed revolve? When God himself takes on the form of a man and dies for him and says in effect “Even though the world does revolve around me and I deserve to have all the glory and be served, I am here to serve and die for you”, where does that leave us when we think about “our rights” and “our due” and “our honor”?
Probably w/o an excuse.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 18:3-4)
Of course, one can take humility too far. We need to learn the difference between putting others first and being taken advantage of. I don’t think Jesus was taken advantage of even though he gave his life for us. We have a perfect example of humility in our Lord and Savior.