Posts Tagged ‘Humility


Humility Is Key

Pride is perhaps the deadliest of all sins. After all, pride tells you that you don’t need a Savior. Pride says that you can do it all on your own. Pride says that you are the center of the universe. Pride says that no one is as good as you. Pride says that everything in this life is because of you and for you. Do you want to know the truth? Pride kills. Peter says that we should be humble instead. He wrote in 1 Peter 5:6 (NLT):

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

God says we need a Savior. God says you can’t do it all on your own. God says that you are not the center of the universe. He is. God says that everything in this life is about Him and not you. We need to remember that God opposes the proud, but shows grace to the humble. Instead of exalting ourselves, we need to humble ourselves and let God lift us up to a place of honor.


The Authority Of The Elders

In His church, God gave authority to those who serve as elders. Elders are the spiritual leaders of congregations. They have the task of leading and shepherding the church. They are accountable to Jesus for how they lead in His church. They are not to be elected representatives who are to do the will of the people. They are shepherds who are appointed to lead and guide the sheep. How should we respond to the authority of the elders? This is what the apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:5 (NLT):

In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for

“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

God commands us to humbly submit to the authority of the elders. They have a tough job and it requires wisdom and patience. It requires vision and foresight. It requires leadership and love for the flock. As sheep, we are called to accept and obey the authority of the elders. God will hold them accountable for how they lead. He will hold us accountable for how we follow.


Humble Elders

In Matthew’s Gospel, the mother of James and John asked to have her sons sit at Jesus’ right and left hands in Heaven. He told them that it was not up to Him to decide. He then said that earthly leaders would lord their positions over people. It was not to be that way with His disciples. The same thing goes for elders in Christ’s church. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:3-4 (NLT):

Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.

Elders in the 21st century are to humbly serve the flock. Being an elder is a position of servant leadership. Instead of lording their position over people, they are to lead from a place of service and in doing so they provide a good example. Elders are to serve and protect the church as they lead it. Those who lead and serve well are given an eternal promise. Rather than seeking earthly glory from people, trust God to give you Heavenly glory and honor.


Are We Gentle?

Christians in America don’t have the best reputation. We’re known as many different things. We’re accused of being closed-minded, bigoted, homophobic, angry, judgmental and racist. We’re not known for the things for which we should be known. We’re not known as loving, kind, peaceful and gentle. The apostle Paul talked about that last one to the Philippians. He wrote:

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

What if we could be known as gentle? What if we dealt gently with people who don’t know the Lord yet? Instead of being defensive, judgmental and angry, we need to be gentle and humble. Why? Paul said that the Lord is near. As time is winding down, we should be gently urging people to turn to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation. The more we yell, get defensive or judge, the less success we’ll have in convincing people that our gentle Savior is the Way, the Truth and the Life. So be gentle in your dealings with people today and may the Lord use our gentleness to open doors of opportunity to tell people about Jesus.

Shining Like Stars

In Philippians 2, Paul told the church to be like Jesus in humility and selflessness. He then said:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. – Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

When we humbly serve one another without grumbling against one another or complaining about one another, we stand out. The world around us is a dark place. There is very little humility, service or love. There is much division and discord, arguing and complaining. If we, as Christ’s church, can learn to love one another and get along despite our differences, the world will take notice of Jesus. It is only by His power and grace that we can truly be united in service and love. So let us shine like stars so that others will see the light of Jesus.

Learning To Obey

Jesus was fully obedient to the will of God the Father. He went to the cross and suffered and died for the sins of humanity. God raised Him from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place. Jesus is our example of humility, service and obedience. The apostle Paul then wrote:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. – Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, it is with fear and trembling that we humbly learn to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive people. We tremble before the exalted King of kings because He is Jesus and He is Lord. God is working in us and through us to accomplish His will. He is able to use flawed human beings to do mighty things for His Kingdom. Let us learn to obey like Jesus so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Loving Like Jesus

Jesus humbled Himself and left Heaven’s throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. He went from being adored by angels to serenaded by goats and sheep. Jesus humbled Himself to the point of being crucified. Paul described Jesus to the Philippians in this way:

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

Jesus died on a Roman cross for your sins and my sins. Crucifixion was a horrible and humiliating way to die. Why would Jesus allow this to happen to Himself? It was because of God’s unconditional, unlimited and unselfish love for the world. God loves us all so much that He would rather suffer and die than live without us for eternity. If Jesus loves us like this, then we should love each other like this. We need to learn to humble ourselves and put Jesus first and others second. Then, we will truly be the church that reflects the love of our Savior.

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