Wk 4 “Humility Leads to Life”
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
1 Peter 5:6
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
2 Chronicles 7:14
Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.
It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.
Then He poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Foundational Principles of Humility
- Humility Does Not Discriminate and should be express to ALL
- Humility turns the structure of authority upside down and inside out.
“If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.
We become great in the eyes of Jesus by humbling ourselves to serve one another.
- Humility is Unannounced
- Humility is Willing to BE Served
- Humility includes serving each other, Not only Jesus.
- Humility is NOT a Sign of Weakness
- Humility Does Not Discriminate
Living a life of true humility will lead to turning points in lives of others.
Small Group Questions:
- How would you define humility? What are some examples you can think of how true humility is displayed?
- Read John 13: 1-4, what do you think compelled Judas to betray Jesus? Do you think the other apostles know of Judas’ intentions? Why or why not? Assuming you were one of the apostles and knew of Judas’ plan, how would you address the situation?
- Read John 13: 6-11, why do you think Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet? Can you think of any parallel situation in our lives where we try to overrule God and go about things in our own way?
- Why would Jesus tell Peter “If I do not wash you, you have no part in Me”?
- What point did Jesus make by washing the disciple’s feet? Do you think it stuck?
- Do you feel that humility can be learned or is it something people are born with? How do you feel society feels about humility, is it a strength or a weakness?
- In the sermon Darin pointed out that humility doesn’t discriminate. What are some examples you can think of either from scripture or in life where a false humility was shown/brought to the light?
- What are some ways we can serve others but have been reluctant to do? What are some of the reasons for the reluctance?