I know that Carl Sagan does not argue for humility on the basis of the divine, but he does argue for it on the basis of a vast, awe-inspiring universe.
Carl Sagan states of humanity, “We have not been given the lead in the cosmic drama.” He’s right. Consider the fact that our cosmos has a Creator.
The most profound sermon on humility was embodied for us by our Creator. He became the ultimate image of humility, not clinging to His privileges and glory, but making Himself like us – entering into the base human drama playing out on the pale blue dot – simply, and expressly, to reestablish relationship with a proud, rebellious, minute and unnecessary creation (3). And why?
“For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son into the world, that whoever believes in him would not perish, but have eternal life… and this is eternal life, that they may know the only God and His Son whom He has sent.” (4)
So, no, our universe was not made solely for man’s enjoyment and delight. It was not created simply to serve the human race. The vast, inconceivable scope of our universe showcases the infinitely greater glory of God (5). And, all things serve Him (6), who in nature love (7), chose to come to us – to serve the least (8, 9).
Jesus is humility.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself further by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (10)