Paul as an Example of Humility
Bible Text: I Corinthians 4:6-17 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | I Corinthians 4:6-8:
Paul set himself and Apollos as an example to the Corinthians.He set the example for them to follow. He wanted them to stop lifting themselves up and putting others down. Any difference among them was God’s work, for all we have is from God alone. They were not being humble. Some were acting as if they were royalty. Paul says that he wished they were, so he could share in their kingdom.
I Corinthians 4:9-16:
Paul says God put him in the worst position possible. A place of ridicule by angels and men. We are considered fools, but you consider yourselves as the brightest. I know I am weak and hated, but you think yourselves powerful and respected. We are just simple hard workers who take our lumps in stride. I am not out to embarrass you, but rather help you as a loved one would.Follow me and my example of humility.
God will not bless someone who will not be humble (James 4:6). He will judge those who are prideful (Proverbs 16:18).
The greatest men in scripture were humble.
Abraham was God’s friend (James 2:23), but was humble (Genesis 18:27).
Jacob was tremendously blessed (Genesis 32:28), but was humble (Genesis 32:10).
Moses was God’s spokesman (Numbers 12:6-8), but was humble (Numbers 12:3).
Solomon was the richest and smartest man ever (I Kings 4:29-31 and I Kings 10:14-29, but he was humble (I Kings 3:7).
Christ Jesus Himself clearly set the greatest example of practicing humility (Luke 22:24-27 and John 13:1-17).
Those who wish to do great things for the Lord, must first learn to continually practice humility.