Humility Coming to Humanity-The Difference Between Pride and Humility!
This past Sunday I spoke about Humility Coming to Humanity.
Luke 2:6-7, And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
This verse tells us there was no room in the inn for Jesus-no room for the Saviour of the world! Many people today, like the innkeeper long ago, have no room-no place in their hearts for Jesus.
Going against the expectations of many, Jesus Christ did not make a grand entrance into this world, He came in humility! Instead of being wrapped in the finest materials, Mary wrapped Him swaddling clothes. Mary and Joseph found a manger–a trough for animals–where baby Jesus could sleep. Our King of Kings and Lord of Lords entered humanity clothed in humility!
By being born in a stable I believe symbolizes the availability of our Saviour. He could have been born in a beautiful palace where none of us could have gotten past the front gates. Instead He was in such a place that anyone could come to Him.
Romans 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!
The Lord and Creator of the universe became poor in order to reach me and you, needy people!
Not only is Jesus available, He is approachable. Aren’t you glad for that?! Anyone can come to Him because He is approachable! He is approachable by anyone who will approach Him in faith! All races and creeds!
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ begins with living a life of humility!
Matthew 23:12, And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Philippians 2:8, And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Many people fail to serve the Lord because they do not have a humble mind. Pride is such a devastating hindrance to our walk with God. Pride is always behind the rebellion in a person’s life. Many failures in the Christian life come from the lack of a humble mind.
I want to encourage you today to take inventory of your thoughts, and ask the Holy Spirit to conform you into the image of God’s Son-the Christ child who was clothed in humility. Let me encourage you to think with me on the difference of a proud mind and a humble mind.
1 Peter 5:5-8, Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. (6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
The Proud Mind
1. God gave me great abilities, and I know how they best can be used.
2. I doubt God by wondering why others are preferred or blessed before me.
3. I always accept praise for a job well done!
4. I never ask for help. Instead, I find a way to do it. I always have a better idea, and I find a way to do a project on my own, even if it means with the wrong spirit, wrong heart, or wrong motive.
5. I am aggressive, arrogant, argumentative, boastful, and vain!
6. I say, “Me first”-I am critical of other Christians without seeing my own short comings. I do what I want to do and my thoughts are most important. I criticize leaders, friends, church family, and others because I always know best.
7. I welcome anger and bring up the past.
8. I am always wondering why God is not blessing me more.
A Humble Mind
I Peter 5:5, God….giveth grace to the humble.
1. I know greatness is not in me, it is Christ working though me.
2. I praise God when others are preferred or blessed before me.
3. I accept responsibility for my mistakes and deflect any praise of success to my Lord. When someone says good things about me I do not let it go to my head, but immediately give praise and thanks to God. (Parents this is very important to teach our children). When you praise them all the time and never teach them to stop immediately to thank and praise God for any praise that comes their way, you build a prideful rebellious child. Whatever we do, we do as unto the Lord for humble service before Him. When you are consistently praising God for Hs blessings and praising Him, carnal Christians cannot understand that. They will think you are being prideful. Continue to praise God for His blessings, and turn them over to God!
4. I am courteous and respectful to the authorities in my life and of others no matter their position in life.
5. I dissipate anger and do not let it control me. I stop think, turn it over to God and ask God what He wants me to praise Him and thank Him for!
6. I look for ways to bless others and to thank God. I look for small blessings. Be a blessing not because of what people will think, but because of what God will think!
Ladies and gentlemen the message of Christmas is one of humility. Jesus Christ showed us the way. He was available, approachable, showed forth humility, when He came and how He lived! How will we live?