In our culture, pride and arrogance are often applauded. Many sports figures or other celebrities are continuing to claim that they are the best. They want to have the most followers on Twitter. They want you to bow down to their greatness and if you don’t, they have no need for you. This wasn’t the example of Jesus.
Do Nothing Out of Selfishness
Philippians 2:3-4 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Pride is the opposite of selfishness. It is thinking of others as more important than yourself. The questions are not, “How do I fit into this.” Who is going to look out for me”’ or “How can I be right”. You can notice that there is an “I” in the middle of all of this, just as there is an “I” in the middle of the word “pride”. This kind of pride leads to a blindly inflated view of self as well as an entitlement attitude.
This kind of pride is pretty easy to spot but there is also another type of pride that is disguised as humility. This has the same focus on self but it is displayed differently. “Woe, is me.” “My life is so hard”. “I didn’t do anything wrong, why is my life so hard”. This is a false humility.
Pride ruins relationship, ruins opportunities and ruins you. In an attempt to preserve ourselves we actually ruin ourselves.
The Example of Christ
Philippians 2:5-11 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Look at the example of Jesus, even though he was God, he humbled himself, took the form of a man, and came to serve and die for all of us. None of us deserve this kind of sacrifice. And he did it with Joy! As we follow this example of Christ and humbling serve others, we too will have joy.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Read Philippians 2:3-4. Share a time when someone treated you with humility.
- Make a list of some of the reasons it’s difficult to act humbly. Do you think it’s harder for a more accomplished person? Explain.
- Describe a time pride blinded you or someone you know.
- Define “fake humility” in your own words. Give an example of it. Why do people do it?
- Read Philippians 2:5-11. Describe Christ’s attitude toward sinners and toward the cross. Contrast that with your attitude toward people who are “beneath” you.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.