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Life Lesson # 1 Humility

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I’m No Better Than Anybody Else (Humility)

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches nd honor and life 

Proverbs 22:4 NIV


We live in a world that has lost its humility.  Being #1 at everything we do is proclaimed in broadcast and print media and if you don’t measure up then you better try harder.   Christians are not immune to this mentality.  If we are not careful we can get caught up in the bad habit of thinking and acting like we are better then those around us or even start to attribute our success to our abilities not our availability to God.   Remember even men of God can fall.  The Bible warns in Proverbs that “pride comes before the fall” and if you back throughout history there have been many examples of Christians who have thought too highly of themselves, only to be brought to a state of humbleness before God. 


Humility is important.  We cannot and should not place ourselves higher then God and for that matter we should not think of ourselves as better than anybody else. We are all in the same boat rowing against the current of sin.  Our only hope for survival is to humble our hearts and put the oars in the hands of Jesus, then and only them will we be able to make any headway against the current. 


With this in mind the first question we as Christians must reflect on who we are before God and man and ask ourselves:

Does the world see me for who I truly am, a humble man of God?


Or is my?


This question has the idea that the world must see Jesus in you not an arrogant imitation.  If we stroll around like some pompous fool then the reflection of Jesus will become distorted by the smog and haze of our worldliness.


In the Beatitudes Jesus stated that

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" Matthew 5:5


If you were to do a study on the life of Moses you would see a man who exemplifies this Beatitude.  In Hebrews 11:24-26 the writer states that:

 “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”

Moses had it all, riches, fame and power.  He was what we would call by today’s standard the perfect person. 

Read the Hebrews passage again and in your own words describe how Moses reacted to His high position?

Now check your heart and see where you stand: the guy who shows up at church on Sunday acting all Christian like and then at work on Monday acting all worldly like? 


Or are you the humble man or woman who knows where they stand before God and man?


What does our habits have to do with all this?


The world and secular psychology says that out of habit we are who we are and nothing is going to change that. They do not take into consideration what happens when you accept Christ as you Savior and in your heart have a deep desire to develop a new habitude towards life and your place in this world..  Oh yeah I know habitude is not a word but it sounds good.


I want you to take the time to go look in the mirror.   What do you see?   A guy who looks a little older than he used too?  A guy who could use a shave?  Do you see a guy with a little less hair than before?  A guy…. well you get the picture.  When we look in the mirror we are always looking at the physical appearance to describe who we are, but remember this when God looks in our mirror He sees our hearts for who we are.  In secular psychology they always tell you that what you are inside is the basis for your actions and habits.


Now take a good long look into God’s mirror and see yourself for whom you really are.  You see the first habit that an effective man of God gets into is one of self-examination and a realization that each day you need to bow down and confess before the Lord that you need His help to get through the day. 


This is what the Bible refers to as humbling yourself before the Lord.  Humbleness is one of the hardest habits to get into for anyone, especially men and most definitely men in a group.  No man wants to acknowledge weakness and humble himself before other men.   


Jesus met a young man one day 


(Mark 10:17-31)

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’"

He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth."

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."

When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the realm of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the realm of God."

They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible."

Peter began to say to him, "Look, we have left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundred-fold now in this age -- houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions -- and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

On the surface this verse may not seem like it has nothing to do with humility, but  if you look closely you will see that it is dripping with the idea of having a humble heart.

Take the time answer the questions then examine your heart in light of what you have learned

How does the young man start the conversation? 



Do you or I do anything to inherit the Kingdom of God?



Why does Jesus answer by saying "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone" and what trait does this show about Jesus?



It is interesting to note that the young man addresses Jesus in the first person with the word I.  This seems to show that he is someone who is used to getting things done on his own.  He also does not seem to realize his own personal inward needs.  He is unaware of what is truly needed to inherit salvation.  Not anything we have done but what Jesus would do. 


Jesus continues the conversation by talking to the young man about keeping the commandment.  He is trying to get the young man to understand his inward desires are far different then outward appearance.  In short your heart is not humbled before God.  To stress this point Jesus tells the man to sell everything and come follow Him.  The man leaves dejected.  He cannot let go of the pride he has at obtaining and holding onto his possessions. 


The rich man wanted the best of worlds, his pride and eternal life.   I am not saying pride is a truly bad thing it all comes down to which direction the pride is directed inwardly towards you or outwardly towards God.


Notice the reaction of the disciples and Jesus statement in verse "how hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God” I think here Jesus is not only talking about the physical implications of wealth and how for some people it is all consuming to make money, I also think Jesus is talking about those who will not humble their hearts to the truth but keep their pride inside them like a trophy waiting to let it bubble out to show other people how great they are. 


This is why humility is the first habit need to develop, until we are humble we will not see the world as Jesus sees the world, hurting and in need of true love.


Part of humility is to see our need to be part of a TEAM of men who look after each other and are accountable to each other.

The Importance of Teamwork

Although the term teamwork is never mentioned in the Bible, the writers knew that a team is more than the sum of it's parts. The writers could tell from past experiences that for any task to be successful there must a group synergy between the members of the group, in short they must be a team.  This would allow for the swift and successful completion of any task.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one: they can reap more benefit from their labor. 4:10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion, but pity the person who falls down and has no one to help him up.

Nehemiah 4:21 So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

Do you think Moses could have led the Israelites through the desert if it were not for team work?

Do you think the early church could have grown if not for team work and the upholding support of each and every member of the church?

The answer is NO!


It is the same for any successful mens group.  All the men within that group must function as a TEAM, each man taking on the responsibility of helping the rest of the members of the team, no matter the sacrifice, in order to help the team grow and succeed at their assigned task.  Jesus knew the power of TEAMwork in completing a task.  That is why He called the 12 Disciples so He could train them as a TEAM.  It was this team work that helped spread the Good News to the ends of the earth.

The Power of Teams

There is an old saying

"Two can accomplish more than one"

As Christians we are all saved to serve and to fellowship together.  Christianity involves activity together as God intentioned it to be.  Worshipping God is as much a corporate as well individual activity.  It is disheartening to think that there are some Christian men out there struggling because they believe in solo Christianity.  These are the type of men who live there lives working for the sole purpose of what "their" needs want and not what the "we" or

Some Verses to Remember

1 Peter 5:5-6
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Matthew 23:12
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Read Romans 15: 1-14 and answer the questions

Why is teamwork important?



Who gets the Glory from our teamwork?



When you accept you part on God's team what attitude does that show you are fulfilling?



What is your un-natural feeling towards teamwork?




What is God's natural feeling towards teamwork?



Study Questions for TEAM members


Make a list of 10 of your friends and ask those freinds if they would like to start a mens discipleship group.


Read John Chapter 13 and write down your thoughts and how this chapter applies to your personally

Then go out and humbly wash someone’s feet(Go out of your comfort zone and help someone you would not normally help because of pride)


Proverbs 18:12

Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor

Make a list of the areas of your life you have not been willing to turn over to God up until now because of pride.  Now ask God to remove that pride and allow you to humbly turn those areas over to His control.


List the ways that pride has gotten in the way of service to the Lord in the past



When we are full of pride and not humility


Pick a verse on Humility and look to it each day as a reminder of how we are to present our inward habits to God each day