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H.U.M.B.L.E.: An Acrostic Sermon

James 4:6, 10

Introduction: We all have images of what it is to be humble. Here is what I see the Scriptures telling us what it means by the world H.U.M.B.L. E.

1. "H" is for the HUMILITY—Which is defined as acting lowly and acknowledging that we need others.

A. Matthew 5:3, 6--To acknowledge that we need the Lord.

B. We need each other: Moses needed Aaron and Mariam; you always hear of the 12 disciples, you never see any of them act on his own; Paul needed Silas, the word for Church is always in the plural, never the singular; the same goes with the word “family”—it implies more than one person; even God is made up of the Father, Son, and HS.

C. We need each other.

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the
Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?

That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"
The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop..."

With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump In his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh
scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

"Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very
noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:

"Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!"
God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us.

2. "U" is for UNITY.

A. He wants us to be united as brothers and sisters in

B. He wants us to "bear with one another". Galatians 6:2 and Ephesians 4:1.

C. We must "bear with one another" because we are sinners with the strengths and weaknesses that come with being human.

We will never become a church that effectively reaches out to those who are missing out if we shoot our wounded and major on the negative. Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in V formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. (Christians who share a common direction and a sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.)
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. (If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.) When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. (It pays to take turns doing hard jobs--with people at church or with geese flying south.) The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. (What do we say when we honk from behind?) Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly, or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their original group.

3. "M" is for MISSION. We must understand His mission for us as a Church.

A. Let us focus the Church Life on the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20. “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

B. Let us remember the words of Jesus. Read Matthew 25:34-40.

C. Our mission, then, is to save souls and help others. Are we dedicated to His mission?

4. "B" is for BOLDNESS.

Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

A. We must be bold in sharing God’s love with others.

B. We must be willing to take the risk of being rejected for our Christian ways.

C. The Holy Spirit may be using us to plant seeds in another person’s life even though we may initially experience rejection.

D. Be BOLD for Jesus!

5. "L" is for LOVE.

A. Matthew 22:37-38--Love God will all your heart , mind and soul.

B. Matthew 22:39-40--Love our neighbors.

C. Matthew 22:39-40—love ourselves—I would define this as self-esteem.

6. "E" is for Eternal Life.

A. 1 John 5:11 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

B. A gift which makes us humble.

C. Promise from God - 1 John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”

Conclusion: Remember, God wants us to be H.U.M.B.L.E.

1. That word Humble can be read: Humility, Unity, Mission, Boldness, Love, and Eternal Life.

2. Let us be humble in our everyday lives.

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