Sermon Title: The Humble Life
Sermon Speaker: Pastor Bryan Carter
Scripture Reference: Romans 12:3
For the past several weeks my pastor as had an amazing and life-changing sermon series title the Good Life. The last sermon entitle The Humble Life will impact myself and our church congregation for years to come. I was fortunate to blessed and fortunate to sit through both our 8am and 10am services to hear this powerful Word.
Overview of Sermon:
In the conclusion of the sermon series, The Good Life, Romans 12:3 is the foundational scripture of our living a humble life as Christians. The goal for each of us is to walk in humility each day, not in arrogance or pride. In God’s word, love and humility are important tenets in scripture and are cornerstones to modeling for us all to be more Christ-like. It is important for all of us to not think more highly of ourselves than we should but also not think lowly of ourselves either, and with the balance of God’s unmerited grace we can think of ourselves in the right way through a renewed mind through Jesus Christ.
Don’t Think About Yourself The Wrong Way
Pride can sneak up on us at times and it is important that we don’t over-estimate ourselves by being prideful, thinking we are better than someone else, or by comparing our lives to someone else. Pride can be hazards to our life, as it is pride that is the core and root of every sin. The Lord detests pride in, Proverbs 16:5, “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished” and in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Pride will open the door for lies as one will cover up or attempt to cover up the wrong things that have been done, but God sees everything you have done. Likewise, we are not to think too low of ourselves.
Think of Yourself The Right Way
With a renewed mind you don’t have to compare yourself to any else, you don’t have to pretend to be someone you are not. We must strive to a have a realistic view of who we are by asking the Lord daily, to help us walk with grace. Humility is the opposite of being arrogant. The Apostle Paul exemplified this throughout the New Testament. In 1 Timothy 1:15, Paul identified himself a chief sinner saved by grace, in Romans 1:1, Paul calls himself a servant of Jesus Christ. Paul is a great example of someone with great humility; he consistently kept himself in the right view of humbleness.
How to Have a Healthy View of Humility
Romans 5:8 states, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; that means that grace has saved us and salvation is a grace gift from God. Being humble in this sense is that we should not have an entitlement attitude, that God blesses us despite our actions, words or deeds. It’s also God’s grace that sustains us. God has also provided us spiritual gifts as we are made in His image; we are to thank God for the gifts He has given us. God gave us all at least one talent or gift, so, by being humble of the gifts and talents the Lord has bestowed upon us, we should thank God for our own unique gifts and not compare to others. Romans 12:4-8 calls out the grace gifts afford to us, and we should be thankful that God has a plan for our lives in which we cannot fully appreciate the gift in others until we have the sober mind-set of being appreciative of the gifts God has blessed us with individually.
How to Remain Humble
There are seven ways we can remain humble in our daily lives.
- Acknowledge We Need God
In our devotional time and through prayer will signify that, God I need you. Spending time with God will acknowledge we need Him to give us knowledge and wisdom.
- Reflect on God I Remember When
The enemy will allow you to be consumed with the blessings we have and not the journey to those blessings.
- Being Thankful
Two simple words, Thank You, can go a long way in cultivating an attitude of humility. We should never act that anyone owes you anything. The more grateful we are, the more grace God will give us.
- Recognize We All Have Sinned
Turn on the news and daily we see people who have fallen, politicians, athletes, entertainers, pastors, etc. Being humble we should recognize that those same both public and private failures could have been us. Having humbleness reflects that we should not be judgmental of anyone, as we all have things in our past and through God’s protection He kept some sinful situations from us.
- Be Humble Enough to Ask for Help
There is significance in asking for help. God sometimes will test our pride to see if we will ask for help. Suffering in silence is not a good look and there is never anything wrong with asking for help.
- Saying I’m Sorry
Pride will keep us from saying I’m sorry, I was wrong, please forgive me. Humility will ask that you forget what was done or said in error. It is also necessary that we repent quickly to God for our offensives in addition to confessing our sins to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
God will give us the grace to be humble. Jesus Christ was the perfect and model example of humility. This week we should choose to emulate the humility of grace so God can lift us.
We all struggle with pride and often are not as humble as we ought to be, thus God sometimes has to humble us. In our Christian walk we are called to be humble as this is an important spiritual attitude in serving God. Having a spirit of pride can be dangerous in our lives as our pride can affect more than just us, it can spill over to relationships, affecting our character, causing us to be arrogant which is the core of every sin. When we can think of ourselves in the right way through a renewed and sober mind-set in Christ, we can have a realistic view of who we are. Humility must be pursued daily through God’s grace. If we remain humble, prayerful and thankful for what God is doing and has done in our lives through our gifts and talents, God will lift us in His gracious love He for us in our own individual life plan He has uniquely and divinely crafted just for us. Humility allows for God’s elevation through His divine grace and favor.
Sermon Study Questions:
Are you a humble person?
Are there areas in our life that you could be more humble?
Is there someone you need to express the humility of an apology, to say I’m sorry, I was wrong, please forgive me?