When you think of a king, what words come to mind? What about when you think of a servant? Does a day in each of their lives look the same? Not usually. That’s why it’s crazy to think that the King of Heaven and earth left His place in Heaven to live in a broken world as a servant to all. In a world where we’re tempted to focus on making the best name for ourselves, God has given us Jesus, the perfect example of putting others’ needs above our own.
“Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests but take an interest in others, too." PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4
Philippians 2:5-11 tells us about the humility of Jesus. Jesus was GOD and deserved to stay in heaven. Yet out of His great love for us, He chose to come to earth as a human. Jesus even chose to obey God to the point of dying an embarrassing and painful death on the cross for our sins. Jesus is the perfect example of humility, and we are to follow His example. Now, can we follow His example perfectly? No. Only Jesus can be perfectly humble, but because of His humility, He offers us salvation and forgiveness for all the times we’re not perfect! While our imperfect humility can’t bring salvation to others, like Jesus’ perfect humility did, it can help other people want to know more about our God!
Discuss the definitions of pride and humility. Ask your kids to define them first before sharing them the suggested answers below.
PRIDE - What is pride? (Pride is when we think of ourselves first, thinking we can do it ourselves or trying to get things for ourselves because we think we deserve it. Pride is what leads us to sin.)
Is that easy to do? What are some hidden ways you show pride every day? (Trying to be first, wanting others to see how good you are at something, thinking you deserve to have something, trying to do it on your own, etc.)
HUMILITY - What does it look like to be humble? (Humility is being free from pride and not thinking of yourself first. It is realizing your talents and gifts are from God, putting your worth in Him, admitting you can never live up to His holiness and perfection, seeing how much you need Him and asking for His help.)
Discuss: When do you most easily give in to pride? How does pride hide itself in your life? What is the motivation behind your work & service? Who can help you find areas of pride in your life and help you stay accountable to fighting pride? Who can help you be humble? (Jesus! John 15:5 reminds us that we can do nothing apart from Him!)
Play “Spot the Lie.” All around us, there are ads, commercials, stores, etc. that are trying to convince us to think of ourselves first. As you are out and about this week, see who can be the first to spot something that tells the lie “It’s all about you.”
Read Philippians 2:9-11. The bible tells us that one day everyone will bow at the name of Jesus and declare His glory. We don’t have to wait until then! Take some time now to praise Jesus for being the perfect example of humility.
Learn the memory verse as a family. Write it with wipe off markers on your bathroom mirror. Practice “popcorn style,” where each family member says one word until the entire verse is completed. Write it on an index card and keep it in the car or make up your own hand motions.
Thank God for Christ’s humility because without it we could not be saved. Ask Him to show you areas in your life where pride is keeping you from being obedient. Ask Him to give you the humility to follow Christ’s example.
Next week we will continue the month of May with the godly character trait, HUMILITY. We will learn that humility helps us respond rightly to sin.
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