THEME: Humble Yourself
PASSAGE: Matthew 23:1-12
HYMN: MHB 751- SEE Israel’s gentle Shepherd stand
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 14:11″For whosoever exalts himself shall be brought low, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted”
In our text yesterday, we read how John the Baptist humbled himself and did not claim to be what he was not.
Humility is a very strange word in the vocabulary of many people. People want to boast who they are and highlight it to the people around them. However, someone once said, “You don’t need to tell who you already are.” If you are a mechanic, for example, you don’t need to say it, just act it out and the actions will show it forth.
In the heart of every human being is the ego to show off. Everyone wants to be a “master.” Everyone wants to be recognized and everyone wants a title ascribed to him or her. We often hear people saying, don’t you know who I am, in order to intimidate or suppress the other party. A police lady unjustly insulted and harassed a young man, not knowing that the man was a superior officer in the military. The end is another story.
In the text today, the indices of pride were pointed out by the Lord Jesus from verse 5-27. They include showing off in flowing garments, seeking for VIP seats, being called ‘Rabbi, Master’ and so forth. Many pastors today are no longer servants of the Lord but ‘master’ of the people and ‘lord’ of the church. They want their members to worship them. God’s is no longer given the prime position.
Phil. 2:3 says: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Let us follow the example of Christ, who, though He was in the form of God humbled Himself…” even unto the death on the cross. Let us all follow the steps of our Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, instil in me the same spirit of humility in You. Teach me to humble myself for the sake of Your holy name. Amen.

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