SPIRIT OF HUMILITY 20/10/2018

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Spirit of Humility



Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: . . . he

humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the

death of the cross

(Philippians 2:5, 8, KJV).



 

 Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 23:15-18

 

Objective: To understand humility and that we live by grace, not by rights.

 

 

Introduction: When Israel demanded a king, the prophet Samuel warned her of the sense of entitlement that often comes with power. He said a king would take their sons to fight his wars and plow his fields; he would take their daughters as his personal cooks and bakers; he would take the best fields, vineyards, and orchards for himself; he would take a tenth of all they produced, and they would be his slaves (1 Samuel 8:10- 18).

Saul became Israel's first king. His life is a tragic story. His early military successes earned him praise and elevated his sense of self-worth.

But soon he disrespected Samuel by offering a sacrifice to God (13:9).

Then he ignored God's command and spared Agag and the best live- stock ( 15:9). As a result, God removed His Spirit from Saul and stripped the kingdom from him (v. 28; 16:14), Saul spent the rest of his days descending into madness as he tried to murder his successor, David —living proof that pride consumes its prey.

Attaining a level of privilege can make one feel entitled to live like a king. However, even in affluent circumstances, we always choose to be served or to serve. Think of Saul's son, Jonathan. Though next in line for the throne, he chose not to be like his father. When he recognized that God had chosen David instead of him, Jonathan humbly accepted God's will as his own. Both he and David had servant hearts, and their kindred spirits knit them together as one. Jonathan loved David. He made a covenant with him, surrendered the throne to him, and served him faithfully as his friend (18:1-4; 23:15-18).

Since God doesn't take away our rights when we enter His grace, it's easy to think that we're entitled to them. We fail to realize that God gives us time to grow and release our rights to Him. Our unwillingness to let go of them leads to pride. We think we deserve to be treated with respect, even though we know that only by God's grace, through the blood of, Christ, have we not been destroyed for our sins. We are not innocent; we are forgiven. The spirit of humility is to live by grace, not by rights. That's the spirit in which we serve others.

 Perhaps you think that God can't relate to us because we have to surrender our will to Him, that He never has to surrender His will to anyone. Yet Jesus humbled Himself by coming to earth, emptying Himself of His divine rights and becoming a servant (Philippians 2:6, 7).Jesus desired to serve, not be served (Mark 10:45).

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the full weight of the crucifixion bore down on Jesus. The terror of the coming brutality caused Him to sweat great drops of blood. And in the crushing pressure of the moment, Jesus, who is fully God, was also fully human. "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42). Even when His human will differed from the will of His Father, Jesus humbled Himself and obeyed, though obedience meant dying on a cross. This was His example of loving obedience. Jesus can relate to our struggles (Philippians 2:3-9).

 

 

 Questions for Study and Discussion:

 

1.Compare Saul and Jonathan. How is the spirit of humility seen in the acts of Jonathan toward David? How does Saul demonstrate the spirit of pride? 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 23:15-18.  

 

2 In what ways does the relationship between Jonathan and David prefigure our relationship with Christ?

 

 

3 How is the kingship of Jesus different from that predicted by Samuel in 1 Samuel 8:10-18? Mark 10:45.

 

 

4 What is the difference between living by rights and living by grace? How did Jesus demonstrate this, and how should we respond? Philippians 2:3-11.

 

 

5 What do 1 Samuel 18:4; Revelation 4:10; and Philippians 2:3 have in common? What does it take to put the interests of others above our own?

 

 

 

Conclusion: The penalty for sin is death. Jesus didn't have to die, because He never sinned. Yet He chose to surrender His rights in order to purchase our lives. We belong to Him, and we live by His grace in His Spirit of humility. Like Jonathan, we begin by casting our robes and crowns before King Jesus.

 

 

 

Apply This Week

        Identify the occasions in which you acted from your rights or from

        God's grace.  Make note of practical ways to humbly put the interests of

        others above your own.  


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