Mathew 18 Lesson

Humility

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Mathew Chapter 18 begins with an interesting question:

Jesus was asked this question by His disciples, which leads to another interesting question. What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

According to britannica.com, the Kingdom of Heaven is, “The spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on earth of God’s will.” Of course, the Kingdom of Heaven will not be fully realized until the end of the world and the accompanying final judgment.

Now that we have defined what the Kingdom of Heaven is, let us see how Jesus answered the disciples’ question about who is the greatest in God’s Kingdom. Mathew records Jesus’ answer as follows:

  • “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me.” – Mathew 18:3-5.

This scripture will be our focus for the remainder of this lesson as we look at the subject of humility and its importance to God.

HUMILITY IS IMPORTANT TO GOD

It is clear from the Bible that humility is important to both God and Jesus. Therefore, it needs to be important to us. The first thing we need to do is make sure that we understand what it means to be humble in a biblical context.

According to christianity.com:

  • “Humility is a critical and continuous emphasis of godliness in the Bible. We are called upon to be humble followers of Christ and trust in the wisdom and salvation of God. True humility is to see ourselves as we actually are, fallen in sin and helpless without God.”

Other definitions of the word humility include the following:

  1. “Godly humility is being comfortable with who you are in the Lord and therefore putting others first.” (source: dougbrittonbooks.com)
  2. Humility means, “Meekness, lowliness, and absence of self.” (source: gotquestions.org)

The Apostle Paul encouraged us to be humble, as Jesus was, in his letter to the Philippians:

  • “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men.” –Philippians 2:5-7.

The Bible teaches us that we cannot enter God’s Kingdom unless we humble ourselves the way that little children do (Mathew 18:3-5). Somebody that is humble in the Lord, seeks to glorify God, not themselves and is constantly seeking and taking advantage of opportunities to serve others.

Those who are humble in the Lord will find favor with God:

  • “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” –1 Peter 5:5.

ADDITIONAL BIBLE VERSES ABOUT HUMILITY

We have highlighted six additional scriptures from God’s word on the topic of humility:

  1. “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.” - Proverbs 22:4,
  2. “When pride comes, then comes dishonor; But with the humble there is wisdom.” -Proverbs 11:2,
  3. “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” -Colossians 3:12,
  4. “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” -1 Peter 5:5,
  5. “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” -James 4:10,
  6. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place. But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” - Luke 14:8-11.

CONCLUSION

Humility is important to God and Jesus, and therefore, it needs to be important to us. Jesus taught His disciples that we cannot enter Heaven unless we humble ourselves as little children.

When we humble ourselves, we will be more concerned about glorifying God and serving others than we will be about selfish ambition or earthly pleasures.

It is a selfless thing to be humble, and that is the point.

Jesus is our perfect example, and He showed His humility throughout His time on earth. One of the best illustrations of this is the words that Jesus spoke in the following scripture:

  • “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” - Mathew 20:28.

We will conclude today’s lesson with scripture from a book of the Bible that is not often quoted, Zephaniah:

  • “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth who have practiced His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will remain hidden on the day of the Lord’s anger.” - Zephaniah 2:3.

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Pat dermody

Another take is that the peopl e we allow to surround us can have a positive effect on enhancing our faith by praying together and learning and reading the scriptures together. Hopefully, they lead lives filled with love and the spirit to give to one another that spurs us on in our spiritual growth.

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John
Pat dermody

Amen

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James A Guillory

For me I can remember that it was certain people that I had allowed in my life that was causing me to fall away into sin so I had to remove them people in my life to follow my Lord it was worth getting rid of them people in order to follow Jesus!

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Michael
James A Guillory

Amen Brother, that can be necessary, and never easy. Good for you for keeping your priorities on point!

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