Seventeen year old, Missy Franklin, swam two races in a little over thirteen minutes and won gold these Olympics. Even Michael Phelps couldn't believe she did it. He never even swam two races without at least a thirty minute break in between. The thing about Missy Franklin, though, is her grace and humility. She has refused sponsors (aka, gobs of money) just so she could continue to compete on her high school team. After winning gold, she said, "it's humbling." I'm pretty convinced all of America has now fallen for her gracious heart. She has every opportunity to be puffed up with pride and greatness and money. Yet, she chooses something better and truer and lasting... a posture of humility and grace.
This reminds me of David, as a shepherd boy. We know the story well. The one where he was anointed to be king and then killed a giant with just one small stone. Even so, he stayed in hiding, knowing he would one day be king. Instead of exalting himself, he waited for God's timing. And what did God do? He took something small and did something grand... Through David's royal line, He would save His people again.
Then I think about Jesus, He came as a baby born in a barn. He could have been born in the greatest, nicest, prettiest palace there ever was, or He could have come as a triumphant King as many hoped with all the fame, earthly glory, and grandeur to have ever existed. Instead, He became small. He waited for His Father's timing, died a humiliating death that He didn't deserve to die, and... He saved His people.
And one day we will see Him in all His glory. Just where He belongs. Just where I don't.
I need Jesus because I am helpless without Him. Jesus came to save the sinners, not the righteous. I have to be small, go low, confess my sins, humble myself. Jesus is here to save me from myself, from my own self-righteousness (Matthew 9:13). Sinclair Ferguson said it well, "the only thing we can contribute to our own salvation is the sin that makes it necessary." Humility can be my banner. He does something grand each day in my smallness and in yours... He saves us. More of You, less of us, Lord. More of You, we pray.