This is part three of a sermon I gave twice in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection last year. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am posting this sermon in three parts- one for each simple truth. I pray you are blessed.
Anybody interested in seeing the full video, mp3, notes, or PowerPoint of this message can click HERE. Grace & Peace- Scott
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle (meek) and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
That word meek and its synonym humble are found throughout scripture. Paul lists it as a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness (meekness), self-control. Against such there is no law.
King Solomon wrote about it in Proverbs.
Proverbs 3:34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
The Hebrew word for scorn means to mock, talk arrogantly, make mouths at. Know anyone who arrogantly runs their mouth? James and Peter quote this verse as well. Here’s James’s version.
James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
This last Truth, Jesus is humble, underscores how we should now act in light of the first two truths. We have two sides of the coin here- the proud, and the humble.
Merriam Webster defines pride as, “A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.”
I would like to propose a more straightforward definition- pride is inward trust.
Pride is self-reliance, all about trusting me, me, me. I can handle it- no problem. I can tell you by personal experience that doesn’t work out well.
The opposite then, humility, is outward trust.
Babies are humble- they have to trust their parents and caregivers. Horses are humble- they have to submit to and trust their riders to be successful. Horses are strong animals- but they must be made meek to serve properly. But we have been given a choice- we have free will- we can choose pride- many do- or we can put our trust in someone or something else to be successful.
Bob Dylan wrote:
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Jesus put His trust in God.
John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
We must also swallow our pride and submit ourselves to, and trust in, God.
- Not to any other person
- Not to our country
- Not to any group
- Not to any movement
- Not to any thing
1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
Allow the relationship to take hold- it will work miracles in your life. He will exalt you- raise you up. Why? The light and love of God that is in you will show off the glory of God.
Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Christ in you- Christianity is an intensely personal experience. We have to allow God to work in us. If we don’t we are like an iceberg- all “Christian-y” on the top but still having a huge underside of pride. It seems like we can’t fix things- alone we can’t- but God can, through us! He wants to see His light and His love shine through us.
Individually we must make a choice
And then together we can make a change
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you?
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
If you’ve read this far and are not a born again Christian, salvation is as easy as “A.B.C.”
A- Admit that you are a sinner in need of God
B- Believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again for your sins.
C- Choose that Jesus Christ be Lord and Savior of your life.
Here is a simple prayer you can pray. Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and I need You. Please
forgive me of my sins. I believe Jesus died and rose again for my sins. I confess Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me and giving me abundant life here on earth
and eternal life with You in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen!