Dr. Oscar T. Moses
W.A.R. Bible Study
Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago
Tuesday, March 4, 2019
Living My Best Life Bible Study # 2
The Posture of Humility
Eating Humble Pie
In the last 25 years our culture has quickly evolved into a “nice guys finish last” idealism, especially for those who want to live a successful life. It’s a dog-eat-dog world. This generation is quick to affirm or mark their territory to guarantee their own personal success through any means necessary.
In a world that celebrates such outspokenness, competition, bulldog tenacity and brashness, what role does humility possibly play in the success of a Christian living his or her best life? Being humble can be a difficult task in the face of bold competition. It is our nature to do what we want to do. Many people do not like to be told they are wrong or to adapt a new method. However, the bible assures us that the way to living your best life begins with being humble. The question is, are you willing to eat humble pie?
The phrase “Humble Pie” means to accept humiliation or to swallow one’s pride. It may cause one to:
- Recant something said wrong
- It may evoke embarrassment or shame
- To admit you were wrong and apologize
- To take on a task that appears menial
This second lesson is called “Eating Humble Pie.” This is a topical bible study designed to teach the members of MHMBCOC that humility is the first step to living your best life.
The Posture of Humility
In the book of Exodus is nestled the story of how God used one man as an instrument to bring deliverance to a nation. His name was Moses. God had a plan for Moses to live his best life. It was a plan that would bring Him glory and bring His people into the Promised Land. We often look over the small details that led to Moses’ success. Yet, every detail is of vital significance. For instance, when we look at God’s initial words to Moses, we fail to grasp its powerful lesson.
Moses was a shepherd tending his father-in-law’s sheep on the backside of the Midian when he encountered God in a burning bush. Let’s observe God’s first instructions to Moses. (Read Exodus 3:3–5)
Thought #1– Don’t miss God’s instructions to Moses, “Take off your shoes.”That was a menial request for Moses. However, if Moses could not submit to this small request, he would not have submitted to the weightier task that awaited him.
- What small assignments do you noticed have been neglected at MHMBCOC?
- Why do most members walk past the paper on the floor, expecting someone else to pick it up?
- Why do many members (sit stoic) and find it difficult to fellowship with members and visitors during the Sunday morning welcome?
- How can failing to do the small things hurt the forward movement of a church and showing the Love of Christ?
Thought #2– To live your best life, the first step needed is to take a posture of humility. There are times when God will give us small assignments to test our humility. The critical question is: Can you humble yourself to do the small things? Moses was one example of humility. However, there is an unbroken theme throughout scripture.
- Why do you think the bible at times refers to humility as being broken? (Read the following passages) ) Proverbs 29:1, b.) Isaiah 1:28.
- What do the following verses say the Lord will do for those who demonstrate humility in their lives?
- What does Proverbs 15:33say about humility?
- What does 1 Peter 5:6say about humility?
- What does Matthew 18:4say about humility?
Thought #3– What is humility? The origin of humility is the Latin word “humus” meaning soil, specifically rich, dark, organic soil.” It means that humility is the soil for growth. It essence, your best life will stem from the cultural soil that it is planted in. Humbling oneself before God is a recognition of the worth of the person we are humbling ourselves before. This is why humility is the first step to living your best life.
- How does pride get in the way of humility? Give 2 examples
- What does humility have to do with God’s grace?
- What opportunities do you have to demonstrate humility in MHMBCOC? Give 3 examples
Thoughts for Private Reflection
What do you need to change in your life in order to receive these rewards?
Who will you turn to for help in making the changes necessary for you to live humbly?
Improving My Serve!
Dr. Oscar T. Moses