A wonderful young lady I’ve met asked about humbleness – how do we do that? I’m not sure the answer, I don’t know a lot about that, was a good one. So in doing some thinking about humility and humbleness, maybe starting off with the idea that we are really dirt people may give us a good beginning perspective.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares, “blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” Later in Matthew, Jesus calls us, “take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.” Now those words “lowly in heart” are the same form of the Greek word as “meek” from Matthew 5:5. What? Jesus is calling himself meek? Maybe there is something more to this meek thing.
Looking back at the beginning of all things, Genesis, we find a repeated phrase, “out of the ground.” We see, “Now out of the ground the LORD God had formedf every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens.” (2:19, ESV) We see, “And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” (2:9, ESV) Then of course, we see, “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (2:7, ESV).
Is it possible to read these accounts of the beginning, and not realize that Adam, whose name comes from the Hebrew “adamah” or dirt, shares his creation with all of the creatures and plants of the earth? We humans are not from above; we are neither given angelic or other heavenly status. Rather, we are earthly things, dirt people, coming from and returning to the earth.
Maybe we were given dominion over the plants and animals, but that dominion has to be limited as all of the animals and plants were provided to us and for us as a gift. Now this is not a rant about being green or such things, rather, how can we not come to better understand humbleness, humility and meekness when we realize that we indeed share a common beginning as dirt people.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.