The universe is big. No, it’s huge. Or is gigantic a better word? Whatever the correct adjective, the universe is thought to be 93 billion light years in diameter. To put this into perspective light from our sun has traveled less than a tenth of the way through the universe (based on current scientific thought that our sun is 4.6 billion years old). I find that humbling.
Humility means one has or shows modest or low estimates of his or her own importance (Oxford Dictionary). Knowing how big the universe is, gives me a low regard for how important I am. Not to sound too much like Ecclesiastes, but my 37 years thus far on a 24,000-mile wide ball called Earth is a blip on the radar. It’s small and insignificant. But this is why Jesus is so attractive to me.
Jesus lived on this planet less than 40 years. He stayed in one central location his whole life. He only had 12 close followers. He wasn’t a Caesar, ruler, or governor. But we know his name today. Why? Because he chose humility. Jesus lived a life that saw others as important as he was. He subjected himself to torture and death on a cross, not because he didn’t have the power to stop his crucifixion but because he considered you and I significant. He reconciled people to God. His humility shows that you are valuable. You are significant. You matter. Don’t let the size of the universe make you feel otherwise. Our God knows your name. But to live for him also means we need to treat others as we want to be treated. Don’t take your importance and lord it over others because the others are as significant as you in God’s eyes.
Scripture: John 19:16-18
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.