Humility was next in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said in Matthew 5:5, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” There is no place in the kingdom of God for the proud and arrogant. This verse says that only the humble will inherit the earth. There is great reward for the humble. Look at the example of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31. Lazarus, a poor humble beggar, sat at the gate while the rich man (who is unnamed) never gave him the time of day. When they both died, Lazarus inherited eternity, while the rich man went to hell. Even in torture, the rich man asked for God to send Lazarus to provide relief. He was too proud to see Lazarus as anything but a poor beggar.
The word humility means to place others before yourself. It means to view yourself as less significant. When Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Lord’s Supper, he was displaying an act of humility. This was something that servants did when someone entered. It was not custom for someone who was considered a king. However, Jesus was a king who showed his patrons how to live. He served because he wanted his followers to serve. That is exactly what they did after he died. They served for the rest of their lives. They showed others the way of Christ because Christ showed them the way.