Ever had to eat a piece of humble pie? I know I have...in fact God had to challenge me on this last Saturday after I was cut off by someone in a convertible cutting me off about 300 yards from a stop sign while I was pulling at trailer. Then of course I was stuck behind them for a couple of miles and really wanted to pass them and swing the trailer in a little early (you know a friendly reminder that I was on the road). However, God gently reminded me of what I was speaking about this Sunday and I quietly humbled myself and realized that I didn't own the road after all. Humility is one of those tricky things in life that we all need but often find it hard to live out especially when we are wrong about something, have been hurt by someone, or when others have wronged us. The dictionary defines humility as, "Not proud or arrogant, but courteously respectful." Wow! And it's one of the most controversial passages that Paul has ever written when this whole ideal of humility comes up. 1 Timothy 2 has been passed off by some as a male chauvinistic rant by Paul and others have just dismissed it entirely. But I think when we understand the heart and context of this passage we realize that Paul was reminding a church that had lost their way a bit, that humility is the key. You see, this church had lost all sense of rooted Biblical teaching and was wandering off into all kinds of false teachings. The men of the church were no longer leading and the women of the church had taken over with many different teachings and beliefs. So Paul hits a few things in this chapter. He reminds them that there must be humility toward authority; and prayer for "kings and generals" is vital to bring about "peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity." He reminds them to be humbled by the reality of what Christ has done in their lives. He continues by asking the Men to lift up "holy hands...free from anger and controversy," and asking women to not draw attention to themselves by what they wear, but rather by what they do. He concludes by reminding them all of the natural order that God set in motion from the beginning of time. It was time for humility to be found among all of the church members and for the men to take their place of leadership and lead humbly by example, while the women submitted to that and carried out their work as well (which by the way didn't fully exclude teaching as we later see in Timothy and Titus). It's later in Timothy that Paul even has to extend this back over to the marriage relationship. In the end...humility is all about humility toward God. Paul was addressing a church that had gone off the deep end and had to give them some pretty in-your-face, practical guidelines. It was time that humility toward God became central to them all.So...what areas of our life do we need to find humility in? Is it school? Work? Family? Friends? Church? Because when we are humble...God is pleased and people are pointed toward him.
Family Challenge: Talk about the areas that you each struggle with when it comes to humility and what you can do to become more humble in those areas.
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