“Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant being born in the likeness of men……..” Philippians 2:6-11.
The season of Easter has provided a unique opportunity for the youth to learn useful lessons to shape their lives, and prepare them for a better future.
The conception of Jesus can be likened to a great sign of humility .The saviour of the human became incarnate.
As an infant, he obeyed his earthly parents, but was quick to add that he had to do the will of God. The Fifth Commandment enjoins his children to obey their parents to merit long life.
Prior to the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before proceeding to the Upper room to have the first Eucharistic celebration with them.
He taught them that if he, their master, could wash their feet, it was incumbent on them to do same to their colleagues.
This was another sign of humility displayed by Jesus Christ which had astounded his disciples and taught them to be submissive.
There were several occasions the youth missed opportunities due to lack of humility. If the youth can hold on fast to the virtue of humility, make it their watchword and safeguard its enviable benefits, they will gain much.
Those who are humble are loved by their colleagues, relatives and even those in authority. People, irrespective of their social status, find it easy to approach the humble in society and ask for their input in all the decisions they take which will inure to their benefit.
The Holy Book enjoins all to pray ceaselessly to avoid falling into temptations. It again warns Christians to pray ceaselessly because they are on this earth with principalities, powers and dominions, which operate always to attack the children of God.
Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights, and in the garden of Gethsemane he specifically prayed that God should let the cup pass by him. He humbly asked that his Will should not be done but God’s .
Are the youth ready to abandon their personal wishes and allow God’s Will to be done in their lives? The youth ought to pray that God should empower them to do His Will and serve Him better.
Prayer keeps the children of God in tune with Him since they often dialogue with the arbiter of their lives. With prayer, they are assured of good relationship with Him. When one prays, one expresses his or her total dependence on the Creator..
The youth should know that though they are nothing before God, His mercy abounds and He is ever prepared to welcome and assist them provided they submit to Him.
Jesus has paid the price and made supreme sacrifices while on the cross for our salvation.. The youth should not forget that although Jesus was without sin, he took upon himself to die a shameful death on the cross.
Are you prepared to make the least sacrifice for the wellbeing of your colleague ? . Are we eager to seek their welfare and to say that l have had my turn and l think this opportunity should have been given to my colleague instead of me?
Are you not quick to tell lies against innocent people and provide false evidence against people in order to gain favour?
As the spirit of humility sums up the life of Jesus Christ, let us follow his footsteps closely to earn the salvation God has promised all.
By Raymond Kyekye