Matthew 6

Learning to Be Humble


I am reminded of a song we used to hear on the radio as a child growing up.  The words go like this: 


“Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way.  I can’t wait to look in the mirror, cuz I get better looking each day.  To know me is to love me.  I must be quite a man.  Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re doing the best that you can.”


I dare say the one who wrote this song did not have issues with low self esteem.  His problem was much worse. He certainly could use a greater measure of humility. 


1. Have your group consider some of the dangers and pitfalls of being too prideful.

2. What could be the consequence of being too prideful in the following areas?

                a. Supervising a small group of college students.

                b. Talking to a police officer when he is writing you a ticket.

                c. Giving advice to a friend about his/her personal life.

                e. Interviewing for a job.

                f. Running for a political office.


In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus is speaking to his followers about living a humble life.  He takes several religious activities of the day and applies a set of principles to each one.  Look up the following passages and list the mandates Christ makes.  What are the consequences of being prideful?  What is the reward of being humble?


1.  Matthew 6:1àMandate ______________ Consequence_________________ Reward ___________

2.  Matthew 6:2-4à Mandate _____________ Consequence_________________ Reward ___________

3.  Matthew 6:5-6à Mandate ______________ Consequence________________ Reward ___________

4.  Matthew 6:16-18à Mandate _____________ Consequence_______________ Reward ___________

5.  Matthew 6:19-21à Mandate ______________ Consequence______________ Reward ___________


What does it mean to “practice righteous in front of others”?

Look at James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Does this verse apply to the subject of ‘practicing righteousness’?  If so, how?

Jesus points out several areas of Christian living:  1. Giving to the needy.  2. Prayer.  3. Fasting. 4. Stewardship.  5. The practice of righteousness.  On a scale of one to ten, rate each of these according to their importance in our religious world today.  How do people go about proving their “religious fervor” today? 


Life Application:

1. What are the pitfalls of trying to look religious as opposed to living a holy life?

2. How can we as Christians avoid these?

3. What checks and balances can you apply to your life in order to avoid becoming too prideful?


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