THEME: HUMILITY TO THE CROSS
TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11
MEMORY VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 2:8 "And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!"(NIV)
Some years ago in Nigeria, during the military rule, a state military administrator one day disguised
himself and rode on an "Okada" motorcycle, in the state capital to a particular street.
“Jesus Christ who, being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God but made Himself
nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in
appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death- even death on the cross".
(Philippians 2:6-8). Jesus, who is the Creator and sustainer of the universe, emptied Himself and became
man. He experienced hunger, pain, sorrow, joy, etc., like every other man on earth. As a result of His
humility, He allowed ordinary men to insult, flog, judge, condemn Him to death and finally crucified Him
on the Cross. He did not put any form of resistance to all these.
Humility is for one to become unassuming; emptying oneself of every form of glory, considering others
better than oneself. It is accepting the form and nature of a servant in the family, church and in other
public functions. Humility makes you a servant of your seniors, juniors, colleagues, subordinates, mates,
etc. A humble person is prepared to suffer injustice, denial of rights and privileges only to ensure that
God's name is honoured and glorified in every situation. Humility is a prerequisite in enjoying peace in
our homes, offices, the church and the society at large. The absence of humility brings quarrel, strife,
unnecessary competition, envy, wickedness and destruction. Pride brings disgrace (Proverbs 11:2 and
Humility exalts a person, like Jesus, our Lord. He was highly exalted by God and given a name that is
above every other name. In Matthew 5:5 Jesus said" Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the
HYMN: EMHB 182 – WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDEROUS CROSS
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, increase in me that I may decrease and serve You in humility all the days of my life.