George Methodist Church
Chapter 30 Believe Series – Humility
Our last one of the series. We pray it’s blessed and grown you in Him.
With Peter Veysie
Key verse: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Philippians 2: 1 -11
Key idea: I choose to esteem others above myself.
- Background to the word Humility
Greek tapeinophrosune –tap-i-nof-ros-oo-nay. –modesty,humility,lowliness – a deep sense of one’s littleness.
Greek and Hebrew meaning of the word Humility :
Hebrew five or 6 words taken to be translated into humility
The one we will focus on today is “Anavah” – humble poor meek lowly
Isaiah 61:1, 2 “He has anointed me to proclaim good tidings to the anav(meek humble)…”
To kneel Barak
Shakah – to bow down – worship.
When you lower yourself physically you become smaller and more vulnerable.
Children playing with grandparents on the floor.
Build the quality or rather the fruit of anav tapinos in you – humus – soil. Nothing
Humility also comes from the root word humus meaning earth or soil.
We don’t often look at the soil and say what lovely soil (unless you are a horticulturalist) but rather we look at what comes out of the soil and we say what lovely flowers, trees, bush crops etc…
Humility builds confidence in yourself because it comes from above.
To be at home in Christ is the key to humility. You will go back to the soil. Become like soil then it won’t be so bad.
Old testament was full of stories of people being humbled by God’s grace Abraham Isaac Jacob Joseph Moses David Nehemiah Job prophets etc.. Ruth and Naomi, Abigail. Humilty position you for greatness as you can see in the examples of these people. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up higher and higher…
Ps 18 save the humble and bring low the haughty
Ps 25 Guides the humble
Ps 147 Sustains the humble
Proverbs 3:34 God shows favour to the humble
Romans 12 should be our rule of life – very power filled – read it.
- Let’s have a look at Jesus
Jesus and his humble start in Bethlehem and then in Nazareth.
He was not born into royalty humanly speaking
He comes under the authority of John the Baptiser
Chose the outcasts to follow him
A walking living ministry
He associated with the rejected and the outcasts.
Remember the scripture from last week – Matthew 11:29 Come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest.
Phil 2 gives us some characteristics of humility in Jesus :
No equality with God the Father – did not use this to his own advantage.
He made himself nothing – humus – soil
He took on the very nature of a servant
He was made in human likeness – think of the description in Revelation !!
He gave up his divinity – humbles himself
He was obedient to death on the cross as a criminal.
Because of His humility God the Father then exalts Him. He does not have to exalt himself.
Because of the humility we exalt His name Jesus and we bow the knee– anavah – humble ourselves.
Tongues confess that He is Lord. The humility of Christ will bring the world to it’s knees and to confession of Him as Lord. – every knee and every tongue.
- What about us?
We need to ask the Lord to give us more humility – more soil like characteristics.
We need to move from arrogance and pride to humility.
Paul talking to this proud arrogant city with a strong Roman military presence in Philippi would have been very aware of how they despised the Greek word – tapeinophrosune –tap-i-nof-ros-oo-nay. –modesty,humility,lowliness – a deep sense of one’s littleness.
We need to recognise God’s absolute unconditional love for us and grace and then respond in humility.
This humility frees us and does something very powerful in our lives:
It brings freedom to elevate and to esteem others above ourselves.
It redirects all our relationships to be about the wellbeing of others. Vuyokazi – Options
It births a deep sense of caring for others.
It brings a deep desire to reflect Christ in all that we do.
In being humble though:
Be aware of your own limitations. See the virtue of team and gifting’s in others and allow them to be used by the Lord.
Recognise your own brokenness – UC27 – under construction to perfection.
An appreciation of the scale of authority – more leadership more servanthood.
A commitment to mutuality – love one another as I have loved you.
A continuous submission to the Lord build humility. NB Phil 2
Humility is not thinking less of yourself it is thinking of yourself less. C S Lewis