08/22/2010 Clothed with Humility!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, August 23, 2010 Under: Sermon

Text: 1 Peter 5:5-7 (HCSB)

5) Likewise, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, 7) casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.

“I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2 (HCSB)

Illustration: Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble. —Andrew Murray

Intro: Every believer is unique to God and has a very special gift and contribution to make to the world and to the church. All believers are to subject themselves to one another, to each one's uniqueness and gift. All believers are to acknowledge, respect, and honor one another, all because of who each one is and because of the gift God has given each one of us.

Humility: Greek – Pronunciation tapeinophrosynē (tap-i-nof-ros-oo’nay)

1. Put On! Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT) “Put on therefore”

12) Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14) Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15) And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

The scriptures are actually telling us to put on Christ (a Christ likeness), not just once in awhile but put it on and keep it on!

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony! Imagine that happening, a body of believers so in tune with each others gifts and fellowship that there is a sweet peace amongst them!

Put on humility means - every one of us, all ages, sexes, and classes. No person is exempt. All of us are to subject ourselves to all believers no matter who we may be: male or female, poor or rich, young or old. Scripture says that we must also "be clothed with humility." The phrase "be clothed" means to gird oneself with an apron. It is the picture of what Jesus did in the upper room when He girded Himself with an apron and assumed the role of a servant and washed the feet of the disciples. Jesus, the Son of God and Sovereign Majesty of the universe, actually clothed Himself with the apron of humility and served the disciples.

13) You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14) And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15) I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. John 13:13-15 (NLT)

Put on Christ: Christ has given us an example to follow by. To be clothed with humility means you have put on Christ and leave Him on:

2. Leave On! 1 Peter 5:5-7 (HCSB) “clothe yourselves”

5) Likewise, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, 7) casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.

When you leave on Christ and the humility that is a part of His nature you will receive grace and under the mighty hand of God you will be protected because He cares for you! “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 (NLT)

He taught by example: 5) Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6) who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7) Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8) He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (HCSB)

When you leave on Christ you humble yourself by becoming obedient!

When do you feel comfortable not wearing any clothes? For most of us I don’t think it is too often that we walk around with no clothes on. To walk the walk that the believer is to walk you must leave on Christ @ all times:

So put on, leave on and move on!

3. Move On! Ephesians 4:1-2 (HCSB) “walk worthy of the calling”

"I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love.”

"The exhortation here is not to feel humble, nor to pray for humility, but to act it". The word "humility" means to offer oneself as lowly and submissive; to walk in a spirit of lowliness; to present oneself as lowly; to act of low degree and low rank. It is the opposite of being high-minded, above and better than others, prideful, arrogant, superior, haughty, and self-assertive. The believer may have a high position, power, wealth, fame, and much more; but he is to carry himself in a spirit of lowliness and submission. He is to deny himself for the sake of Christ and in order to help others.

God resists the proud. He stands against all... • Who look down upon others. • Who feel superior to others. • Who discriminate against others. • Who are prejudiced. • Who are boastful. • Who are haughty.
 
God gives grace to the humble. Grace means the favor and blessings of God. The person who walks humbly before God, recognizing and acknowledging the value of others, shall receive the favor and blessings of God. He shall be highly favored and blessed—rewarded beyond all imagination. The humble person shall bear the fruit of God's spirit in this life... love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control.
 
Philippians 4:5 (HCSB) “Let your graciousness (moderation) be known to everyone. The Lord is near.”
 
A worthy walk that the book of Ephesians chapter 4 is speaking of relates to a continue effort to move toward perfection, clothed in humility with a Christ like attitude!

Conclusion: "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time."

In due time!

Epigram on Submission:
- The best way to know God’s will is to say “I will” to God. - The Bible Friend
- God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. - Jim Elliot
- To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge, to find the will of God is the greatest discovery, and to do the will of God is the greatest achievement. - George W. Truett

When you’re clothed in Humility you have put on Christ and have left Him on and you are moving toward completion of the high calling in due time. Will you stay that course even when the ride gets rough?

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