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Luke 6:17, 20-26; 2-17-2019 (As Built; Amite #341)
 
 
A. Humility… Humility… Don’t try and guess the name… I don’t even know his last name… It’s a true story… And it’s happened in our lifetime… And he’s still the CEO of the day… Just listen… 
B. It’s about the 1970s and the CEO of the company currently at the time took it from nothing… his own company mom and pop… It’s now a multi multi hundred million dollar a year company… It’s massive… He’s been there from the inception he has done it all… He’s done it now I guess for the last 15 to 20 years… He’s had about as much fun as anybody can stand… His fun meter is pegged… You know… The two best days to own your business is when you start it and when you sell it this guy will tell you it’s a true statement… He’s decided he needs to get a new CEO it’s just time… So he does what most CEOs does… He puts all the list of requirements… the things that they need to be the type a personality the type of motor how driven are they… Things that they can’t have… He goes through this litmus test of all these things… And he meets with one guy who says man that’s really not how you should look for him… and he says what do you mean… The guys been friends for life… and he says it’s all about humility if you want to be honest… So he gives him the story of how it worked for them… He said I’m gonna use it to determine who should be my new CEO… He calls all of his new vice presidents… of finance of marketing manufacturing and distribution sales reps they’re all sitting around the table… And he says from you is who I will pick my new CEO… At the end of the day it’s time for me to go… You will be in control of everything you’ll be a board member you’ll be a stockholder the whole 9 yards… Here’s the deal… he walks around to each one of them and gives them a seed… He says I want you to take that seed home I want you to plant it I want you to nourish it I want you to water it I want you to pray over it… And then bring it back… And then I’ll make my decision from then… Man they can’t believe this is this is a test this is how we’re going to choose it… As a result of such… man they all go home… Jim goes home man he gets a special pot puts it by the window… man do him and his wife pray over it… Man brothers and sisters in Christ the weeks go by… Nada… zilch… nothing is coming out of that pot… He goes back to the office he’s having conversations… You know the water cooler conversations… Everybody’s talking about… Man it’s starting to sprout… man it’s got this it’s got that… Man he’s just sitting there mums the word… I mean what you gonna say… I got a bucket of dirt… Nothings coming out… Man the next thing you know he goes home he tells his wife… I don’t even want to go to work this is this is depressing… Every time I go there’s another story… Man they get about three months into this next thing you know this things got saplings falling and this ones got acorns growing… Honey what am I going to say… I mean man… I’m gonna… I’m a laughing stock… she said no we do what we do best we’re gonna pray… man that day comes six months later… He tells all his vice presidents to bring their plants in with them… Man as they all come and… Man you ought to see them brothers and sisters in Christ… some of these are absolutely stunning… what’s happened in six months… And there’s Jim with his bucket of dirt… Man all the sudden he starts to go around and say explain to me how this happened… He goes to the next one the next one gets up… Everyone of them’s got a better story than the first one… He gets to Jim… Jim stands up and he says Mr. President… I got nothing… I did everything you asked… I watered it, I’m telling you I watered it… I nourished it… I put it in sun… Man did we pray… He said at the end of the day I let you down… This is all I got… He goes to sit down… He says Jim stand back up… I’d like you to meet my new CEO… Jim… To this day he’s still the CEO of the company… Here’s the irony of it brothers and sisters in Christ… Everybody’s a gasped… Man he did nothing… He said man this is who I’m looking for… I gave each of my vice presidents each of you a seed that have been boiled… It was dead… And nothing should’ve been growing… And only one guy stood up here and took the hit… He said I want my CEO to love the truth more than anything else… I want him to love our people more than himself… I want him to love our clients more than himself… I want him to love the company more than himself… He needs to have humility… You know it’s amazing brothers and sisters in Christ… That is a true story… I wish I could tell you the guys last name… I have no idea who it is… I just know it was one of the top 500 companies in the nation today… But it’s all because of humility… 
C. That… that’s the whole point of the gospel… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Think about it… this is the beatitudes… Man brothers and sisters in Christ… And I want to remember… And I want you just remember the first one… Yes brothers and sisters in Christ are there nine total… Yes that’s true… You could say there’s seven… That are true… And two that are over generalizations… You could say that there’s eight…With one generalization… But at the end of the day brother sisters in Christ I want you to remember the very first one … Blessed are the poor in spirit… Which means a child like reference for God… And if you take one more step fear of the Lord… If you do not have a fear of the Lord like you have a respect for your parents… Then you will never have a relationship with Him… Pride cometh before the fall… Wisdom is the greatest of all gifts… now brothers and sisters in Christ… Think… Stop… Your first century Jew… You and I are on this mountain… This is Luke’s account of what happened… Him and Matthew are talking about the same story… If you or I are a Jew and we are with the apostles… What is He doing… He’s going up a mountain… First thought you and I have… Wait a minute the last guy that did that was Moses… He went to talk to God… Man brothers and sisters in Christ… When He comes back down He finds a plateau… Where He can sit and visit… And He sits to talk to them… Only a high-ranking rabbi would sit… Man they’re letting Him know they’re letting people know… You need to also understand this too… That the Greek word for beatitudes is makariótitas… makariótitas means happy… Happy are the poor in spirit… Happy are those who mourn… Happy are those who are meek… Happy are those who seek righteousness… Happy are those who are merciful… Happy are the peacekeepers… Happy are those who seem to be overwhelmed by the world… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Make sure you understand… As a first century Jew… The first thing that we recognize Him when He went up a mountain… The second thing that we recognize is that He actually comes to sit to talk… Brother and sister in Christ… The last time this happened Moses was the one that went up… You know what’s amazing… Do you know why He uses the woes in this gospel…  woe to you who laugh too much… And what He means by that… You live life large in the world while people around you suffered and you did nothing to help… He’s not saying criticize people for laughing… He listed them woes because the last person to list the woes… Go back to Deuteronomy… Moses listed the woes… Remember… Some people are looking for a military officer… Some people are looking for a politician… Some people are just looking for something… Moser said you’re supposed be looking for someone like me… He’s doing everything that Moses would do… Now my brothers and sisters in Christ… Remember the beatitudes… Every thing builds on the one before it… Two builds on one… Three builds on two on one… You know what’s amazing… It’s the same thing as the Commandments… Think about it… Brothers and sisters in Christ… When you come to confession to me… And I walk through the big 10 and I say have you loved God with your whole heart mind and soul… Absolutely… And then we go into the next nine… Oh… I did that one… I did that one… and I say oh wait… How can you love God with your whole heart mind and soul… When you didn’t show up on Sunday… Brothers and sisters in Christ… If you don’t fulfill the first one you’re not fulfilling any of the other ones… If you break any of the other ones then you break the first one… Same with the beatitudes... How can you be merciful… Or be internally strong… Meek… Or thirst for righteousness… If at the end of the day you don’t have wisdom… Fear the Lord… Remember my brothers and sisters in Christ… The relationship of Christ is vertical… It’s not horizontal… He is God we are not… 
D. Now brothers and sisters in Christ… Go back in scripture… Think of all the people that were humble… Man let’s be honest… Some people can’t even spell the word humble… That’s my boy Pilate… I mean he works so hard to get there… Now all of a sudden he’s got this messiah complex guy running around… If he doesn’t get rid of Him… He’s never going to get back to the big city… As a result of it… Did he really think it obviously so… That I could just pull out a bowl and towel and be done with it… Man is not that not that the height of pride… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Do you know what Saul was like… Saul was a butcher… call him what he was… Man he used a Bible the Old Testament as a weapon… And if he didn’t like Christians he had no point in making sure that your death was imminent… Brothers and sisters in Christ… He hast to get Paul… How does he get there… by being blinded for three days… My brothers and sisters in Christ… You know what’s amazing… For every one guy that is in Scripture that cannot spell the word humility… Think about all the people that judge Christ… Judas… Pilate… Herod Agrippa… Which is the grandson of Herod the Great… The one that killed all the kids… You know everyone of those guys took their own life… The height of pride… But for everyone of them there’s a there’s a Joseph… Can you imagine you’re 33 years old when betrothed to marry… She’s roughly 14… You become the new protector of the tabernacle… You touch you die… Same rule given to Moses to Aaron… He touch the tabernacle he died… Uzza touches the tabernacle… Uzza dead… It’s just that simple… Brothers and sisters in Christ… you know what it must’ve been like for him… Man you come home and your wife’s pregnant… you haven’t seen her in several months… She’s been with Elizabeth and Zachariah… All of a sudden you get an angel appears to you and says take Mary and her son… Not your wife and child… And leave… To another country… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Is that not the height of humility… The one to stay betrothed… More importantly to stay married and now take them to another country… To be the protector of the new tabernacle… That your life is no longer your own… Your job is to protect and to provide… That… That is the height of humility… You know he’s one of three men in scripture that is considered internally strong… Meek… Not weak… Meek… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Imagine you’re 14 years of age your parents are gone you’re living in a convent and oh by the way an angel appears to you and says look the Holy Spirit will overshadow you you’re become the mother of the Messiah… Her last words… Let it be done to me according to His will… Man is that not the height of humility… Look at the good thief and the bad thief on the cross… Imagine you’re up there and you see the crucifixion… Here you got the good thief that guy is a butcher and a murderer and a rapist… And you and I if we got caught in the desert I can promise you… One of those three or some combination thereof is going to be betold on us… And here he is at the last second… He is so sorry for being what he was… Man he is the murder of his day… The rapist of his day… The pilferer the thief of the day… Even he gets it and says man… Can You just remember me… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Not 30 feet away his partner in crime Gustava… Is still yelling at Christ and saying if You are God get You and me off the cross… Man at what point you’re about to die when does pride stop… 
E. My brothers and sisters in Christ here you and I sit now 2000 years later… How humble are we my brother sisters in Christ… My brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m gonna walk you through some scenarios and I need you to think about where you would land… 90% of the time… I need you to answer… Not out loud… I just need you to answer be honest… Now I’m gonna walk you through the questions and you tell me how humble are you… My brothers and sisters in Christ… How humble are you that you simply refuse to complain… That a no situation will an ugly word leave your mouth… How humble are you… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Will you get into an argument and you must win that argument at all cost… Are we that prideful… How humble are you… Will you say you’re sorry even though you’re not the one that caused the problem… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you willing to admit that you’re wrong… Even if maybe you were always that person… But at the end of the day… It brings peace to the family… Are you humble enough to let somebody else get the credit… And it never bothers you a second… Are you humble enough my brothers and sisters in Christ… To know that even though it’s not your job description or your money… That you’ll just let it go because you want it to remain anonymous… Are you humble enough that when somebody says job well done the first person you give credit to is Jesus Christ… Are you humble enough to admit that none of the talents that you and I have… Came from us… But came from above… And that they are supernatural… my brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you humble enough to walk away from an argument because at the end of the day it’s not worth the sin that will ensue… My brothers and sisters in Christ… When you want to ask yourself if you or I or humble… Ask yourself go back and think brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you humble enough brothers and sisters in Christ to be strong but not to be a bully… Are you humble enough to admit the knowledge that you’ve been giving comes directly from God and without it you and I have no essence… Are you and I humble enough to know that at end of the day when push comes to shove that no matter whatever the issue is that at the end of the day we will not take credit for it no matter what happens… Are you humble enough to be bold but not to be a bully… Are you humble enough to be prideful that you did a good job but not arrogant enough to announce it… Are you humble enough to be humble but not be timid… My brothers and sisters in Christ humility is the table center for an entire life in fear of the Lord… 
F. And I leave you with this… When asked the definition of humility and anonymous person said… Humility is not thinking less of yourself… Humility is thinking of yourself less… You understand… 
G. Amen…
 

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