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Be Humble

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Someone give me your definition of humility
Humility: A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
In other words the definition of humility is what we have read tonight. “…in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
How hard is it to put someone above yourself? Now if it is your mom, or dad, or best friend it can be pretty easy at times to put them first. It is easier to put people that you love before yourself, but what about a complete stranger? What about someone who has hurt you? What about someone who you swore was your enemy?
Lets talk about this bit about Jesus so it will clear up some cloudy thoughts and bring into focus the true meaning of this scripture for us. Is Jesus God? Yes. So why would it say that Jesus was not equal with God when scripture clearly tells us He is? (Cite scripture) Give me some things that God can do by examples in scripture. He can create the universe by merely speaking it into existence. He can part the Red Sea. He can send plagues on the earth. If you are studying Revelation with us you know that He will send catastrophic disasters to the earth during the end of times. He has healed the sick, and the lame, and the blind. He has done it all.
— But can you?
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:3-4 “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The word for “equality in the Greek describes things that are of the same size, quantity, quality, character, and number. Jesus always claimed to be God. This is ultimately what sentenced Him to death. No matter how true or how proven the claim is.
The original meaning of the word “grasp” used here meant “a thing seized by robbery.” It eventually came to mean anything came to mean anything clutched, embraced, or prized. Which is why it is sometimes translated as “held onto.”
— Christ had all the rights, privileges, and honors as a deity (God) but He gave them up for a period of time to come to earth and give Himself as the sacrifice that we all needed. There again putting all of humanity above Himself. Humility.
“Emptying Himself”: Name some things that Jesus would have given up to become mane. 1. A face to face relationship with God. 2. He sat aside His personal authority and submitted Himself to the Spirit. 3. He submitted Himself to earthly authorities no matter the corruption. (He never sinned Himself yet He still always kept the laws of the land) 4. Eternal riches — Jesus was poor and had very little here on earth. He certainly had less as He constantly traveled during ministry. 5. Felt God’s Wrath — Something a perfect being should never feel. The One who never sinned, yet He still took God’s wrath for you and I.
— Christ never became less of a God when He came to earth, but He did set aside some of His more lavished privileges and powers in order that you and I may live with Him one day. Humility. Putting us first. Even when we do not deserve it.
“Form of a Servant” Jesus did not merely come to earth in human form, but He came to earth in the form of a man who’s desire was to do the will of the Father. There are plenty of people alive today who look similar to Jesus (Eyes, nose, hair, arms and legs…human) but they have no desire to do the will of the Lord. Jesus was the perfect example of what a servant does. He lived and breathed obedience to God’s commands. Even the one that called Him to lay His life down.
He was obedient all the way to the cross.
Christ was obedient to the fullest extent. There was no shred of failure in Him. Because of this His name is praised above all names. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow. At the name of Jesus every man, woman, and child (whether they want to or not) they will confess that He is the Lord. (Owner of all) Some of us will profess His name (Proudly proclaim) and others will be forced to admit and confess. But those who merely confess will not enter the kingdom of God.
Jesus is the Lord of all things. By Him, through Him were all things made for Him. Yet He still humbled Himself, taking on the fleshly form of a man, lived a humble life, and died in a humble way by a humiliating manner. He did it so that you and I could be saved, and that God would be glorified.
If Jesus, the perfect Son of God can leave His thrown in heaven, step down into our world of troubles and give Himself as a replacement for our sins, I think we can find it within us to put our brothers and our sister first.
Selfishness never won anyone to the Lord. If you want to do what is right, then put others first. If others want to do what is right, they will put you first. It is a cycle that is not meant to put you down, but to lift everyone up in unity.
If you are struggling to put other peoples thought, other peoples needs, other people lives before your own know that that is not the example that Christ has laid out for you. Put others first.
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