Have Yourself a Heapin’ Helpin’ of
Main Point: Delight in the freedom that comes through embracing humility
· Humility In Our Relationship with God
o Finding the release of not taking God’s actions or lack of actions personally, but trusting that he works everything together for the good of those who love him
o Experiencing the peace of not having to worry about whether God loves us or not
o Resting from carrying the burden of determining our destiny and convincing God to do what we want
· Humility In Our Relationship with Others
o Finding the freedom to appreciate and serve others while having no expectations of them doing anything in response
o Experiencing the joy of realizing that others have the capacity to bless us just as we have the capacity to bless them
o Not taking others’ actions personally but understanding that their actions flow out of their life experiences and struggles
· Matthew 8:5-10
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, `Go,’ and he goes; and that one, `Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, `Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
· Colossians 3.12-14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
· James 1.19-21
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
· Matthew 11.28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.