- When is a time you were humorously humbled?
Read and Discuss
Now He began telling a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “Whenever you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and the one who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then in disgrace you will proceed to occupy the last place. But whenever you are invited, go and take the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are dining at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
- Who is Jesus telling this parable to?
- Why did Jesus care where people sat at a dinner party?
- What would be some modern day examples of this scenario?
- What does Jesus mean when He says, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted”?
- How have you seen this play out in your own life?
- A popular definition of humility is “Not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of your self, less. Why does Jesus want us to live that way?
- What is difficult about taking a humble position around others?
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- How does Paul say Jesus’s lived humbly when He was on the earth?
- What are some ways you can view others as more important than yourself?
- What are some ways you can practice humility in the following areas: home, job, school, social media, at a store or restaurant, around someone that annoys you (feel free to add your own)?
- What is humbling about starting a relationship with Jesus?
- Why must our humility be centered on Christ?
- What are some struggles you have with being humble?
- What are some ways true humility shows Christ to those around us?
- What is one thing you can do this week to practice humility?
Philippians 2:3 CSB
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”
Thank Jesus for humbling Himself by dying on the cross.
Adoration- Spend a few moments exalting the name of Jesus
Confess to those times you’ve put yourself above others and may have put others down.
Others– ask the Lord for ways to show His love to others around you this week.
Self- Ask the Lord to humble you this week