Humility Week: (Moses)

“(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)” (Numbers 12:3)

We’re digging into the big idea of humility this week and starting with a verse so humble the whole thing is in parenthesis. It is an aside to let us know, apparently, why Moses wasn’t defending himself when his siblings were disrespecting him.

humility_350And while Moses didn’t feel the need to stick up for himself, God did. He zapped Miriam with leprosy for a week for smack-talking against Moses’ God-given authority.

It’s hard to imagine a trophy for the “World’s Most Humble Guy.” It feels better to tuck it in-between a couple of modest punctuation marks. We don’t tend to give out awards for humility, but we do respect humble people – especially humble leaders.

And as we’ll see this week, you cannot be the person God intends you to be without humility. You can’t be wise. You can’t be like Jesus. And you won’t be on the waiting list to be “lifted up” by God. We need humility. Come back tomorrow.

Think: Before we dig in this week, think about how you would define the worlds “pride” and “humility.” Can pride be good? Can you be too humble? What does humility cost?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be great at being humble in a way that pleases him.

Do: Read Numbers 12:1-16 to get the whole story about how and why God exalted humble Moses when he was getting dissed by Aaron and Miriam.