How to experience greatness through humility

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

1 Peter 5:6

When you look at how some of the world’s greatest inventions came to be, it’s amazing that many of these world-changing innovations had such humble beginnings.

Take the first electric light, for example. It was so dim that a candle was needed to provide extra light when it was turned on. One of the world’s first steamboats took 32 hours to chug its way from New York City to Albany, a distance of 150 miles.

Wilbur and Orville Wright’s famous first airplane flight lasted only 12 seconds. And the first automobiles traveled 2 to 4 miles per hour and broke down often. Carriages would pass them with their passengers shouting, “Get a horse!”

In fact, almost every single major shift in how the world works came not from greatness, but from humility. And in much the same way, Jesus Christ, who forever changed the world by dying for our sins, being raised again, and coming again one day as King in power and glory, entered the world in the humblest of circumstances.

Don’t let your humbled circumstances today determine your outlook on life. Instead, remember Jesus, knowing that through Him, your situation today will change when He lifts you up in due time!

Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to give you encouragement through humility that He will lift you up.

Questions for Thought

How has God used your humble situations in the past to bring you to greatness?

What are your circumstances today that have humbled you? How can you give them to God and trust you’ll be lifted up to greatness in due time?