A. In a capitalist society like ours, in which we are trained to promote ourselves in every way possible, humility is a rare virtue indeed.
B. In the kingdom of heaven, however, citizenship is not awarded to the one who promotes himself best, but to the faithful (Romans 1:17).
C. Humility is an often overlooked part of faithful living, but Jesus says it is prerequisite to entering heaven’s kingdom (Matthew 18:3–4).
I. Why should we be humble?
A. One reason is that “God resisteth the proud” (James 4:6).
B. We have nothing about which to boast (Romans 3:19ff).
C. Love will not suffer us to be proud (1 Corinthians 13:4).
II. The Scriptures afford us some great examples of humility.
A. Abraham was humble before God (Genesis 18:27).
B. Paul knew he was nothing and could do nothing without God’s grace (1 Corinthians 15:9–10).
C. Jesus Christ is certainly the greatest example of humility (Matthew 11:29, Philippians 2:1–11, John 13:1–17).
III. The effects of humility are tremendous.
A. God will exalt the humble (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:5–7).
B. Humility brings us into harmony with God’s Will.
C. Humility will promote “the unity of Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1–3).
D. Humility does not make us weak, but strong in Christ our Lord!
A. To enter the kingdom of God, you must humbly submit to His Will.
B. The choice is yours today: will you humble yourself before God now or be humbled before Him on the Day of Judgment?