What is your definition and view of humbleness?
When Jesus was living there were two opposite views regarding humility.
Greek philosophy had a profound impact on world thinking and in their view, humility was not a virtue. They believed in an aristocracy. To think that someone born into the social elite should think humbly about himself was ludicrous.
Hebrew thinking taught the opposite. They believed in an almighty God and that every man is a relatively small part of creation. The related humbleness to being low to the ground, in touch with where we came from and dependent on God.
- Which of these views resonates with you?
- Which do you see as being more prevalent today?
To ask it another way; would you say today’s culture encourages humility as a virtue or teaches us to think more and more in terms of self-absorption, hubris, self-importance, and self-promotion?
Self-promotion and all its cousins were popular long before thousands of self-help books on how to master this art filled the bookstores.
The Bible teaches that self-promotion is the original sin of Satan that plunged the universe into conflict, misery, and chaos. While it is at the center of everything that went wrong, one of our challenges is this can be so subtle and therefore we don’t see it in ourselves.
How Do You Rate Yourself?
Here are a few penetrating questions compliments of Gary DeLashmutt:
- Do I engage in mental and/or verbal boasting? (Especially mental)
- Do I manipulate conversations to get other’s respect, or appreciation or praise? (self-depreciating triggering others to praise me)
- Do I experience anxiety or fear that certain people might not approve of me?
- Do I engage in mental or verbal criticism of my peers and rivals?
- Am I irked when certain people get more attention than I get?
- Do I get angry at certain people for not giving me enough respect or appreciation or attention?
Self-promotion is an offspring of pride and while it seems advantageous, in reality, it only damages our emotional, spiritual and relational lives.
Strange how we allow ourselves to gravitate toward this version of pride yet rejoice when a pin pops the bloated bubble of self-promoters around us.
This topic is big.
Jesus’ brother James said: God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
What did Jesus say?
In Luke 14:1-24 Jesus used a dinner meeting and two parables to connect dots and reveal truth. We’ll dive into these, this Friday at Cabernet.
Join us around the tables where friends meet and the discussions are lively. Doors open at 6:30 am and we start at 7 am. Hope to see you early!
This Week’s Key Verses:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3
How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? – Exodus 10:3
When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, He gave them this advice: …take the lowest place at the foot of the table… for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. – Luke 14:7,10,11
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given you. – Romans 12:3
You don’t want to miss out on this dynamic weekend of strong teaching, lively discussions, meaningful fellowship, awesome food and a whole lot of fun as we spur each other on to a closer walk with God!