|God giveth grace unto the humble| (James iv.6).
One of the marks of highest worth is deep lowliness. The shallow nature, conscious of its weakness and insufficiency, is always trying to advertise itself and make sure of its being appreciated. The strong nature, conscious of its strength, is willing to wait and let its work be made manifest in due time. Indeed, the truest natures are so free from all self-consciousness and self-consideration that their object is not to be appreciated, understood or recompensed, but to accomplish their true mission and fulfil the real work of life.
One of the most suggestive expressions used respecting the Lord Jesus is given by the evangelist John in the thirteenth chapter of His Gospel, where we read, |Jesus, knowing that He came from God, and went to God, riseth from supper and began to wash the disciples' feet.| It was because He knew His high dignity and His high destiny that He could stoop to the lowest place and that place could not degrade Him.
God give to us the Divine insignia of heavenly rank, a bowed head, a meek and lowly spirit.