It’s human nature to be preoccupied by self
Matthew 18:1 - “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’”
A rescue from self requires true life change
- Turn from dependence on self
Repentance: a change of heart and change of mind.
Matthew 16:24-25 - “Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’”
- Have the faith of a child
- Develop a right Biblical view of self
Colossians 2:9-10 - “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
How does God define greatness in His kingdom?
Matthew 18:4 - “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Philippians 2:3-4 - “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
If I am going to have humility in my life, then I have to…
Say “no” to:
- Selfish ambition - “What’s in it for me?”
- Conceit – “Who’s noticing me?”
Say “yes” to:
- Putting the needs of others in front of my own!
What is humility?
- Humility is not considering yourself less important
- Humility is not considering others somewhat important
- Humility is considering others more important
- Service to others
Matthew 20:24-28 - “And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.’”
The ability to be humble and to serve others is rooted deeply in three words: Jesus is Lord!