Watch your words, they become your actions
Watch your actions, they become your habits
Watch your habits, they become your character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
Bible says "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:4-6 “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10).
He taught His disciples to be ministers and servants instead of kings and princes (Matthew 20:25-28).
He taught His disciples to be servants instead of masters (Matthew 23:10-12).
He taught His disciples to be servants of all to be first and greatest of all (Mark 9:33-35).
He taught His disciples to be least of all to be the greatest of all (Luke 9:46-48).
He taught His disciples to take the lowest position to reach the highest position (Luke 14:7-11).
He taught the religious but lost to be like the publican instead of like the Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14).
Jesus set an example for us by His own life style of humility.
He took upon Himself the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7).
He was made in the likeness of men (Phil. 2:7).
He was found in fashion as a man (Phil. 2:8).
He voluntarily became poor for the sake of God’s elect (2 Cor. 8:9).
He was born in a stable and laid in a manger (Luke 2:7).
He was raised in a poor family (Luke 2:22-24).
He grew up in the lowly place called Nazareth (John 1:46).
He had nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58).
He was a friend to publicans and sinners (Matthew 11:19).
He allowed Himself to be anointed by a sinful woman (Luke 7:36-39,44-48).
He washed His disciples’ feet (John 13:3-5, 12-17).
He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:8).
He was buried in a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:57-60).
Jesus teachings demonstrated through His life
Jesus said “The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”
The Lord Jesus Christ always practiced what He preached and preached what He practiced. He was totally consistent in all of His ways. He condemned the display on one’s piety in order to win the praise of men. Jesus Himself in this regard gives the guiding principle. “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven’ (Matt. 6:1)
"The Son can do nothing of Himself" (John 5: 19).
"I can of My own self do nothing; My judgment is just, because I seek not Mine own will" (John 5: 30).
"I receive not glory from men" (John 5: 41).
"I am come not to do Mine own will" (John 6:38).
"My teaching is not Mine" (John 7:16)
"I am not come of Myself" (John 7:28)
"I do nothing of Myself" (John 8:28)
"I have not come of Myself, but He sent Me" (John 8: 42).
"I seek not Mine own glory" (John 8:50)
"The words that I say, I speak not from Myself" (John 14: 10).
"The word which ye hear is not Mine" (John 14: 24).
These words open to us the deepest roots of Christ's life and work. They tell us how it was that the Almighty God was able to work His mighty redemptive work through Him. They show what Christ counted the state of heart which became Him as the Son of the Father. They teach us what the essential nature and life is of that redemption which Christ accomplished and now communicates. It is this: He was nothing, that God might be all. He resigned Himself with His will and His powers entirely for the Father to work in Him. Of His own power, His own will, and His own glory, of His whole mission with all His works and His teaching, of all this He said, It is not I; I am nothing; I have given Myself to the Father to work; I am nothing, the Father is all.
This life of absolute submission and dependence upon the Father's will, Christ found to be one of perfect peace and joy. He lost nothing by giving all to God. God honored His trust, and did all for Him, and then exalted Him to His own right hand in glory. And because Christ had thus humbled Himself before God and God was ever before Him, He found it possible to humble Himself before men too, and to be the Servant of all. His humility was simply the surrender of Himself to God, to allow Him to do in Him what He pleased, whatever men around might say of Him, or do to Him. It is in this state of mind, in this spirit and disposition, that the redemption of Christ has its virtue and efficacy. It is to bring us to this disposition that we are made partakers of Christ. This is the true self-denial to which our Saviour calls us, the acknowledgment that self has nothing good in it, except as an empty vessel which God must fill, and that its claim to be or do anything may not for a moment be allowed. It is in this, above and before everything, in which the conformity to Jesus consists, the being and doing nothing of ourselves, that God may be all.