Leadership and Humility

TEXT2 Cor. 3:4-5Phil. 4:13Isa. 41:10

INTRODUCTION:

A.      “THE PRIDE OF GRACE.”

          1.       The notion that we are self-sufficient – our strength is ours (2 Cor. 3:4-5).

          2.       We are better than our brother (Rom. 14:10;  Luke 18:9).

          3.       We are not to compare ourselves to others (2 Cor. 10:12).

B.      GOD’S ANSWER –

          1.       HUMILITY (Rom. 12:3;  2 Cor. 10:17-18).

          2.       TRUST in the Lord (Eph. 6:10).

C.      ILLUSTRATED IN BIBLE CHARACTERS.

I.      MOSES.

A.      MOSES AT AGE 40 THOUGHT HE WAS QUALIFIED TO LEAD.

          1.       Moses asserted himself by murder (Ex. 2:11-12).

          2.       His estimation of his own power and influence was inflated (vs. 13-15).

B.      40 YEARS AS A SHEPHERD CHANGED HIS ATTITUDE.

          1.       Moses didn’t appoint himself, but was chosen by God (Ex. 3:1-10).

          2.       Moses’ immediate response reflected his newfound humility (vs. 11).

II.     GIDEON.

A.      Judges 6:11-12.  GIDEON WAS CALLED BY GOD A MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR.

B.      vs. 13-14.  HE WAS CALLED TO DELIVER HIS PEOPLE FROM A SORRY STATE.

C.      HOW DID GIDEON SEE HIMSELF? (vs. 15).

D.      GOD’S PROMISE (vs. 16).

III.    SAUL.

A.      SAUL AS DESCRIBED BY INSPIRATION (1 Sam. 9:1-2).

B.      SAUL, WHEN HE WAS CHOSE HAD A SIMILAR ATTITUDE.

          1.       When Samuel told him he was chosen, his reaction was this (vs. 21).

          2.       When he was to be present to the people, he hid (10:21-24).

          3.       His humility led him to spare his detractors (10:27;  11:12-13).

C.      HE BECAME PROUD AND HIS PRIDE BROUGHT HIM DOWN.

          1.       His rule a tragedy of acting with a high hand.  He was disobedient.

          2.       His humility was a thing of the past (15:17).

          3.       As a result, the kingdom was wrested from him (15:19, 26).

IV.   THE PROPHETS.

A.      ISAIAH (Isa. 6:5).

B.      JEREMIAH (Jer. 1:6).

V.    PETER’S TRANSFORMATION.

A.      Matt. 22:33-35.  “I WILL NEVER BE OFFENDED.”

B.      Luke 22:31-32.  “WHEN ONCE THOU HAST TURNED AGAIN.”

C.      HUMILIATION TO HUMILITY (vs. 61-62).

VI.   PAUL’S HUMILITY (Eph. 3:81 Cor. 15:91 Tim. 1:15).

CONCLUSION:

A.      OUR FIRST DUTY è HUMILITY AND SUBMISSION (1 Pet. 5:6-7).

B.      IT ALSO INVOLVES SERVICE (1 Pet. 5:5;  Matt. 20:26-28).

C.      WHO ARE WE WORKING FOR?  (1 Pet. 4:11).

Who gets the GLORY?