Sermon in a Potato Chip Bag

Teachings of humility…. That’s this week’s Bible readings.

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

    “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

  “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:10-14

Humble yourself before God.  Don’t have the attitude of “being all that.”

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:24-28

Humble yourself to serve others.

If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:9-11

Humble yourself by taking the backseat.

I ask around the lighted candles, “What does it mean to be humble?”

Respect each other.

To serve others.

To put others before you.

The mother-teacher in me had to take it a little further….. I think it is an attitude.  You can’t go around thinking you are all that and a bag of chips.

Mark pipes in…… Because you will find out that you are really just a crumb in the bottom of the bag.

God Bless…..

 

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