The Path to Christlikeness

Henry Suso was a man of God who lived in Germany, a few hundred years ago. He was a saintly man and a bachelor. He prayed often that the Lord would make him broken and humble like Jesus Himself was. This was how God answered his prayer
One day Suso heard a knock at his door. When he opened the door, he saw a strange woman standing there with a baby in her arms. He had never seen her before. But she was an evil woman who was wanting to get rid of her newborn baby and decided that the best man to dump it on was Henry Suso. So she told him, in a voice loud enough for everyone in the street to hear, “Here is the fruit of your sin,” and left the baby in Suso’s arms and walked off!
Suso was stunned. His reputation in the town had been shattered in a moment. He took the baby inside, knelt down and told the Lord, “Lord, you know I’m innocent. What must I do now?” The Lord replied, “Do what I did. Suffer for the sins of others.”
Suso accepted the word of the Lord and never justified himself before anyone. He brought up that child as his own. He was content that God knew the truth and he was willing for everyone else to misunderstand him.
Many years later, the woman was convicted of her sin and came back to Suso’s house and proclaimed to all the neighbors that Suso was innocent and that she had told a lie.
But what had happened in the intervening years? Henry Suso’s prayer had been answered. He had become broken and humble like his Master. God had been able to accomplish a work of sanctification in Suso’s life, freeing him from man’s opinions so that God’s opinion alone mattered to him thereafter.
Are we willing to pay such a price in order to become like Jesus? Or do we still seek the honor of men? God breaks us by allowing us to be misunderstood, misjudged, falsely accused and publicly humiliated. In all such circumstances, we must refuse to see the men who are harassing us. They may be our brothers or our enemies. It doesn’t matter who they are. Behind the hand of every Judas Iscariot is our heavenly Father giving us a cup to drink. If we see the Father’s hand in such situations, we’ll drink the cup joyfully, however bitter and painful it may be. But if we see only Judas, then we’ll take out our sword-as Peter did-and cut off people’s ears (or their reputations) or whatever. When Judas betrayed Jesus, Jesus could call him, “Friend”, because He saw His Father’s hand clearly there.
When we are attacked or falsely accused, God wants us to humble ourselves under His mighty hand. It’s easy to do that once we see that it is God’s hand there, and not man’s. If we see the sovereignty of God in all our circumstances, it’ll be easy to humble ourselves. And it’ll be easy for God to exalt us at the proper time.