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yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Phil 2:3-8). “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Phil 2:1-2). “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Col 3:12-16).

We learned a lot of things about living a life of humility as followers of Jesus Christ, who, with the ultimate act of humility chose to lay down His life for us on the cross. Our attitude is to be the same as Christ Jesus. We are to live as Christ and love others as He loved us. Christ is our supreme example of living a life of humility. The Word speaks of His attributes and His Word is to dwell richly in our hearts. So now, let us search the Scripture for a life application story that we can ponder and discuss with others.

“When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.’ Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ But the centurion said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.’ Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, ‘Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ And Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.’ And the servant was healed that very moment’” (Matt 8:5-13). Praise God! What a paradox! The humble centurion who felt unworthy believed and was accepted into the kingdom of God, but the sons of the kingdom were without faith and therefore cast out. Much to ponder. Much to learn. To God be the glory. Amen.

—Jackie, Teacher and Biblical Storyteller

March 24, 2019

Living a Life of Humility

As believers, we are in a relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In this relationship with the God of the universe, what is expected of us? How should we be living our lives? We want to be in communion with God.  We want to rest in the assurance that He hears us. The man born blind that Jesus healed reminded the Pharisees, “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him” (John 9:31). Further, as recorded in the Scripture the LORD says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron 7:14). So, we need to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. I believe that we can only accomplish this through Christ and Christ alone. Praise be to God.

Today, let us dig into the Scripture with a focus on living a life of humility. Paul proclaims, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in

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