The Strength of Humility

Posted on 05 Nov 2018, Speaker: Howard Katz

The Strength of Humility

 

Proverbs 18:12 NKJV

12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

 

  • Pride and humility are contrary to one another and cannot co-exist. A person will either be proud and lack humility or will be humble and free from pride.
  • Pride produces the exact opposite of what the proud person would desire or expect. Instead of making them feel better about themselves, it causes shame, humiliation, loss, and destruction. “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty.”
  • A person who possesses true humility receives what he or she was not seeking—honor and exaltation. “before honor is humility.”
  • People have often mischaracterized pride and humility. They see the proud person as strong, powerful, and successful. They see the humble person as weak, subservient, and reduced to positions of secondary importance.
  • The world sees pride as the result of being successful, while thinking of humility as the product of one who has accomplished little.
  • However, pride and humility have very little to do with one’s status in life or what one has achieved. Pride and humility are a reflection of our character.

 

    • Many successful Christians possess true godly humility, while many Christians whose lives are in complete shambles are filled with pride.  

 

  • Success does not make one proud; it only reveals if we have a character flaw in the area of pride.
  • In a similar way, humiliation does not make one humble. Humiliation shames us and tries to destroy our identity. Our response to humiliation reveals whether we possess true humility or we have simply camouflaged our pride with a cloak of feigned humility.
  • We often see pride in people who were rejected as children, harshly criticized, told they had no value, or experienced deep shame. Their resulting insecurity causes them to embrace pride as a way to build themselves up—with, of course, some help from the evil one.
  • Jesus carried our shame for us, and He will build us up as we more closely identify with Him. We can humble ourselves before God without feeling shamed or humiliated, and His strength enables us to forgive those who belittled us.
  • Self-deprecation says, “I am nothing.” However, our angry reaction if someone agrees with our evaluation reveals that pride is lurking just beneath the surface.
  • When God rips the Band-Aid off and exposes our pride, it affords us the opportunity to examine ourselves and deal with our pride.

 

 

1 Peter 5:5-7 NKJV

5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.   

 

  • Humility is related to submission. One of the attributes of humility is a willingness to honour others, to be open to their points of view, even when they sharply differ from ours, and to be able to receive correction when needed.
  • “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another.” (1 Peter 5:5a).
  • A humble person is willing to honestly evaluate themselves and to accept criticism and correction and apply it to their lives if it is warranted. A proud person immediately dismisses anyone who attempts to draw attention to areas where they need improvement, change, or correction.
  • A proud person’s unwillingness to receive correction is one of the chief reasons why the Bible warns: “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18).
  • There are two things I have learned about myself:
  • I can be wrong.
  • I can be wrong and not realize I am wrong.
  • It is because of these two things that I need to be accountable to others and I need to be willing to receive correction.
  • When our hearts are humble we are teachable and God can easily correct, guide, and direct us.

 

 

Psalm 25:9 NKJV

9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.

 

  • When we are proud and stubborn we resist the leading and correction of the Holy Spirit and God has to use more forceful ways to get our attention.

 

 

Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.

 

  • We are not to be like a mule that needs to be harnessed before it will follow instructions, but like a sheep that follows the gentle voice of the shepherd.

 

 

“be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5b).

 

  • The Greek word used in 1 Peter 5:5 for “clothed” has a unique meaning and is used only once in the entire New Testament—“to engirdle oneself for labour; putting on an apron signifying a position of servitude; putting on the white scarf or apron that a slave would wear when preparing to serve and thus signifying a willingness to humble themselves and serve others.”
  • Humility is expressed through our words and actions. It is also an attitude where we are willing to consider the feelings and needs of others and to see things from their point of view.

 

  • We can justify pride by labeling as “touchy” those who are easily offended, but excusing ourselves as “sensitive” when we are easily offended.

 

“for God resists the proud” (1 Peter 5:5c).

 

  • When we are proud God opposes us. That is why when we are moving in pride, life is more difficult and we, as believers, become more carnal and experience more inner turmoil and loss of peace and joy.

 

 

“But gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5d)

 

  • In contrast to pride, humility positions us to receive from God.
  • When we come to God and acknowledge our failures, sins, and brokenness His heart is stirred with compassion. Because He dwells in eternity and rules over all of creation, He notices every time we humbly turn to Him in prayer with even the smallest need.

 

 

Isaiah 66:2 NKJV

2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

 

Matthew 12:20 NKJV

20 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory;

 

  • If we humbly come to God in our times of brokenness, fear, and failures, God will not deal harshly with us. Instead, He lovingly, gently, and tenderly embraces, comforts, encourages, and helps us.

 

 

Psalm 138:6 NKJV

6 Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.

 

  • The only way we can find God and receive Jesus Christ is with a heart that is humble and sincere. God hides Himself from those who consider themselves wise and strong and reveals Himself to those who come to Him as children who recognize their weaknesses and needs.

 

 

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6).

 

  • After Apostle Peter outlined the benefits of humility and the destructive effects of pride he concluded with the word “therefore” and exhorts us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God being confident that in the right time He will deliver us from our oppressive circumstances and hardships and lift us to a place of victory and freedom.
  • Another aspect of humility can be seen in 1 Peter 5:6, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.”
  • Humility is to know the Lord and to submit to Him and place ourselves under His mighty hand to guide, direct, and protect us.
  • Humility is to acknowledge our weaknesses, limitations, and needs and to recognize we are helpless without God’s guidance and protection.

 

 

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).

 

  • As we humble ourselves before God and submit to Him we will find a beautiful place of rest for our souls where we can give Him all those burdens that try to overwhelm, exhaust, and crush us.
  • There are three things that I have learned:
  • 1. I don’t always know what is best for me.
  • 2. God does know what is best for me.
  • 3. If I submit to Him He is faithful to lead and guide me and provide for my needs.

 

 

James 4:6 NKJV

6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

 

  • James reiterates what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5 that God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble.
  • Grace is much more than just God’s favour. Grace releases God’s power in our lives.
  • Grace is God working in and through us to accomplish His purposes. When we are humble, God not only gives grace, but He gives “more grace” so we are able to resist every temptation and overcome every trial.
  • When we feel upset and frustrated the last thing we want to do is humble ourselves and ask God and others for help but it is the first thing that we need to do.
  • It takes great strength to be humble, however, humility also gives one great strength.
  • Therefore if one needs great strength to be truly humble but it is through true humility that we receive great strength—it begs the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
  • The answer is Jesus. When we look away from ourselves, our circumstances, and disappointments and look to Jesus and begin to truly understand how wonderful Jesus is and all that He has done for us then that revelation releases grace in our lives.

 

 

1 Peter 1:13 NKJV

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 

  • Self-abasement is not humility. Self-abasement is a preoccupation with our own failures and weaknesses. It can be seen as a type of pride because it shows a preoccupation with self.
  • Sometimes Christians struggle to be humble because they are trying to be humble through self-effort and they become even more self-conscious and more self-absorbed.
  • True humility is simply acknowledging our weaknesses and frailties and turning our full attention and hearts toward Jesus.

 

 

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

  • Humility is not looking down on ourselves but looking up and seeing the greatness of God.

 

 

Isaiah 40:26 NKJV

26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

 

 

  • As we contemplate God’s wisdom, power, glory, and love our hearts overflow with awe. Without even realizing it, our eyes are raised to Heaven and humility fills our hearts. We have stopped being conscious of our limited successes or temporal failures but deep love, devotion, and worship toward God erupts from our innermost being.
  • Many of the psalms are meant to draw us into a place of worship and adoration to God.

 

 

Psalm 145:1-9 NKJV

1 I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.  

5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.

6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness.

7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.

9 The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

 

  • Psalm 145 was written by David. In the part of the psalm we just read, the word humility is not mentioned once, yet it is abundantly clear that David had a completely humble heart when he wrote this psalm.
  • This is abundantly clear because the entire focus of the psalm is on God and His glory, His goodness, and His power. In these first nine verses alone the words “You” and “Yours” are found 15 times.
  • David uses the personal pronoun “I” five times in the first nine verses of Psalm 145, but without exception it is in the context of him praising and extolling the greatness and the goodness of God—“I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.”
  • David does not mention his past failures or his past accomplishments in this psalm because he is so overwhelmed with joy and adoration for God!
  • Worship is a wonderful expression of humility as we bow down in adoration and awe in the presence of God.
  • To a proud person the idea of worshipping God is offensive and demeaning, but worship is a place of great joy and freedom.

 

 

 

  • In the place of worship, we experience true intimacy with God and we are lifted up and carried into the very presence of God—a place filled with delight. “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2).
  • As long as David remained humble, he never stumbled or fell into sin. However, once he took his eyes off of the Lord, pride slithered in and he became impulsive, self-centered, easily offended, and lustful.
  • When David found himself in difficult situations and looked to God for help, his whole demeanor was one of humility and he shone with a wonderful godly attitude. His words, his actions, and even his very thoughts are truly an inspiration—many of which are recorded in the psalms he wrote.
  • However, when David went from living in the wilderness and fleeing for his life from King Saul to living in a palace as the King of Israel he became distracted with the successes and victories God had given him. His attention and motivation moved away from glorifying God and toward his pursuit of the pleasures of life which caused him to contemplate his own greatness.
  • David mistakenly no longer felt his need for God, and his independence from God brought him great suffering and tragedy.
  • When David committed adultery with Bathsheba the underlying problem was not lust but pride. David had at least seven wives. He wasn’t suffering from a lack of companionship.
  • David’s problem was his ego and his over-inflated sense of his own glory as the most powerful and important man in Israel. He was puffed up with pride and he wanted another “trophy”—a beautiful woman whom he could seduce and who would feed his ego. That is where Bathsheba came into the picture.
  • Three areas that the devil wants to stumble every believer in and especially those in ministry—“For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).
  • Or put another way—don’t touch God’s girls, God’s gold, or God’s glory—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
  • These three roots of sin can be averted and defeated through humility.
  • Pride hinders us from enjoying God’s blessings. Pride produces discontentment because it breeds an attitude of entitlement. No matter how many wives David had he would never be able to overcome his lusts until he defeated his pride.
  • Humility enables us to enjoy even the smallest blessings as we acknowledge that everything we receive is from God’s hand. Such an attitude fills our heart with gratitude, thanksgiving, and contentment.

 

 

Psalm 123:1-2 NKJV

1 Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.

2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us.

 

James 4:7 NKJV

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

 

  • Overcoming temptation and causing the devil to flee from us begins with humbling ourselves and submitting to God.
  • Sometimes Christians are independent and want to serve God their way and on their terms and they become dismayed or discouraged when they vainly try to resist the devil without first submitting to God. Instead of the devil fleeing from them they are taken captive by him.
  • How do we resist the devil?
  • To answer this question we need to explore some fundamental biblical truths.

 

 

Isaiah 14:12-14 NKJV

12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!

13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.

 

  • The devil’s root sin was pride—“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”
  • Not one of the five “I wills” spoken by Satan will ever happen. He will never be like God.
  • From that single sin of pride sprung up all the devil’s vileness, rebellion, and depravity.

 

 

Isaiah 14:15 NKJV

15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.

 

  • The end result of the devil’s pride and rebellion was that he fell from being one of chief angels in Heaven and plunged into the depths of Hell. He went from a position of glory in Heaven with God to a place of shame and the lowest levels of depravity in Hell.

 

 

Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV

4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 

  • When the devil in the form of a serpent approached Adam and Eve he tempted them in the same area where he had succumbed—pride  and self-exaltation—“you will be like God.”
  • The devil lied to them and incited them to rebel against God’s commandments through flattery and deception. “Rebel against God—eat the fruit—become great like God.”
  • When Adam and Eve allowed themselves to be deceived they became proud and rebellious, and experienced all the destructive effects of sin. They lost their peace, joy, and purity and from that time on, the works of the flesh began to spring up in their souls and defile them.

 

 

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like” (Galatians 5:19-21a).

 

  • Pride and rebellion produced the same outcome in Adam and Eve that it produced in the devil—shame, depravity, and destruction. Instead of becoming like God they became like the devil!
  • We are defined by our character. Those deceived by the devil will experience what he experienced—shame, depravity, and death.
  • The great irony is that the very thing the devil tempted Adam and Eve with was exactly what God wanted for them—to become like Him. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”” (Genesis 1:26a).
  • However, the way for mankind to be transformed into God’s image is through a loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ as we come humbly before Him and submit to the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • What does it look like to be made in God’s image? It looks just like Jesus whose character is best described by the fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

James 4:7 NKJV

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

  • In humility we submit to God. We resist the devil by yielding to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  • The devil is unable to stand before a Christian who humbly submits to God and the only thing he can do is flee as fast as he can.
  • If the devil can cause us to react in pride then we become defenseless and we have opened the door to be quickly entrapped in other sins.
  • It is through pride and rebellion that the devil takes control of our lives, and uses our lusts as reins to drive us into bondage. Then he can direct and reign over us.

 

 

Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

 

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:5).

 

  • Jesus Christ is the perfect picture of humility and the example God has called us to emulate.

 

 

“who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,” (Philippians 2:6).

 

  • If anyone had a right to be proud it was Jesus because He is God incarnate and He is the Creator of all things.

 

 

“but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7).

 

  • Although Jesus was God, He emptied Himself and came in the humble form of frail humanity.

 

 

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8).

 

  • The reason Jesus came as a man was to die in our place so we could be saved.
  • Jesus humbled Himself by becoming a man.
  • Jesus humbled Himself by being fully obedient to His Father.
  • Jesus humbled Himself by being obedient even to the point of death.
  • Jesus humbled Himself by not only being obedient to death, but submitting to the most terrible and shameful death—death on a cross.
  • Jesus submitted to the Father in order to be the sin offering for all mankind.  He willingly humbled Himself and allowed wicked men to nail Him to a cross.
  • Jesus hung on the cross naked, helpless, beaten and mocked by the jeering crowd. He experienced unimaginable physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.

 

 

Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

  • Through humility and submission to the Father’s will, Jesus Christ defeated the devil, sin, and the world. He became the Saviour of all mankind through His suffering, death, and resurrection—not for His own glory but “to the glory of God the Father.”
  • Humility allows us to see value in every person. Jesus is able to love everyone and His concern is for all mankind.

 

 

1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

  • Jesus loved Judas even though Jesus knew he was a false disciple who would betray Him.

 

 

Matthew 26:24 NKJV

24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”

 

  • Jesus appealed to Judas not to do this wicked thing because Jesus knew the ultimate consequences for Judas. “It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”

 

 

Matthew 26:47-50 NKJV

47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”

49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

 

  • The contrast between the height of arrogance and the depth of humility is clearly seen in Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
  • Judas didn’t just betray Jesus; he betrayed Him with a kiss.
  • When Judas kissed Jesus the Greek word used is not the typical word for kiss. It is a special verb used only six times in the New Testament. It doesn’t mean simply to kiss, it means to kiss earnestly, to kiss repeatedly, to smother with kisses—the height of hypocrisy.
  • Judas went to Jesus and mockingly kissed Him over and over again as he greeted him with sarcasm. “Greetings, Rabbi” “Rejoice!” “Have a great day!”
  • The manner in which Judas betrayed Jesus was meant to mock and humiliate Him. Judas was basically saying, “I really fooled You. People called You teacher and prophet but I was able to outsmart You and now who looks foolish and weak?” Judas method of betrayal was the height of arrogance.
  • While Judas was mocking Jesus, the devil was tempting Jesus and testing His humility. Behind the scenes the devil was trying to get Jesus to react out of pride or offence and cause Him to stumble.
  • However, out of Jesus’ deep humility came the response that reflected His character of love and concern for Judas—“Friend, why have you come?”
  • Jesus was moved with concern for Judas. It was as if Jesus had said, “My friend do you not realize what you are doing or the eternal consequences of your decision?”

 

 

Matthew 27:27-31 NKJV

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.

28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.

29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

 

  • One last time the devil tried to provoke Jesus to react out of pride and offense as the soldiers humiliated Him by stripping Him, slapping Him in the face, and mocking Him. However, instead of Jesus reacting to the humiliation by lashing out in anger and outrage He kept silent. He willingly chose to die for the very ones who hated Him.

 

 

“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7 NKJV).

 

  • God will allow times where we are mocked, humiliated, and misunderstood but if we respond with humility we will walk in freedom, joy, and victory.
  • When we feel misunderstood or unfairly treated, and we react out of pride, then offence and bitterness will defile and defeat us.

 

 

Matthew 26:38-39 NKJV

38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

 

  • The greatest prayer we can pray is a prayer of surrender to the will of God and in that prayer we will find rest in the midst of the storms of life.

 

 

Matthew 11:28-30 KJVS

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

  • In meekness and humility we will find rest for our souls and freedom from the burdens of life.

 

 

Psalm 18:35 NKJV

35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.

 

  • This verse speaks about God’s marvelous attribute that will transform us and make us great—His gentleness!
  • Those who see God from afar may see His mighty acts but those whose hearts are humble and meek He invites into His very presence to experience His gentleness.

 

 

Luke 8:1-3 NKJV

1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,

2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities-Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,

3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.

 

  • In Luke 8 we see something unique about Jesus’ humility—He wasn’t self-sufficient. He allowed others to supply His needs. “and many others who provided for Him from their substance.”
  • True godly humility is where we acknowledge our needs or lacks and allow others to help and minister to us.
  • Humility provides a foundation for godly and healthy relationships where we minister to each other. Ministry should never be one-sided.
  • In healthy Christian relationships, each person ministers out of the gifts and resources God has given him. It is also a safe place where we can acknowledge our needs and weaknesses so we can receive from others.

 

 

John 15:5 NKJV

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

 

  • Jesus is our source of life and without Him we cannot produce true fruit. Without Him we will produce nothing of eternal value just as a branch is totally dependent on the vine which sustains it.
  • But there is one essential and profound point that many miss in John 15.
  • The vine is incapable of producing fruit without the branches. Jesus, the true vine only produces fruit through us, the branches.
  • We, the branches are dependent on Jesus for His life’s blood to flow through us, giving us life and the ability to produce fruit.
  • Jesus has chosen to limit Himself and entrust us with the Gospel message—a message that is spread by our words, our actions, our lives, and by our prayers!
  • The Great Commission to make disciples was not given to angels but to Christians, His Body, His Church!

 

 

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

  • Jesus wants to live through us so His life can shine through us to this world that is filled with so much darkness, fear, hopelessness, and death.
  • Jesus humbled and limited Himself by relying on us to co-labour with Him so we can produce fruit. He has no other plan.
  • There are things that God has given us to do that no one else can do.
  • There are prayers that will never be prayed if we fail to pray them.
  • There are people who will never know Christ’s love if we fail to reach out and love them.
  • Christ has called us, as His followers, to clothe ourselves with humility and to allow Christ to live through us so this world can experience the love of God in Christ Jesus and to know that God wants to save them.

 

 

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