Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Respectful competition.
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.
Do you know what “humility” means? Why does God value it so much? Time for a Bible Quiz on Humble or Not: You Decide!
Question 1: This Babylonian king had a dream about an amazing tree that spread around the earth, but then it was cut down. The dream was a warning that if the king did not acknowledge God as most sovereign, the king would be cut down just like the tree. (Daniel 4).
Question 2: This person had amazing wealth but only one son with his wife. When God asked him to give up his son, this man was willing to do so. (Genesis 22)
Question 3: Whose mother asked Jesus if her two sons could sit right next to Jesus in places of honor in his kingdom? (Matthew 20)
Question 4: This person was God and yet became a human who was obedient even when it meant death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8)
How did you do? King Nebuchadnezzar ruled over a vast empire. Yet, as soon as he declared that his power had built Babylon, God punished him for seven years for his pride. Abraham knew that everything he had came from God, so when God asked for his son Isaac, Abraham willingly obeyed. James and John’s mother asked Jesus that the ultimate honor of sitting by him in heaven be given to her sons. Jesus told her she didn’t understand what she was asking. Jesus was and is both fully God and fully human. He willingly obeyed God’s plan for salvation and paid the price for our sins.
What is humility? It’s seeing who you really are—that God is God and we are not. It’s recognizing God’s blessings to us and being grateful. Peter wrote this about being humble: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under God’s might hand that he may lift you up in due time.”
Being humble with God and with others is the only way to truly live!