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Most of us would scoff at the idea that we were false teachers. Maybe we're not teachers at all. Yet, Peter focuses more on the lives of the false teachers than on their doctrine. We must take a look in the mirror. Are we LIVING like a false teacher? Are we influencing others away from Christ?
Peter has given much encouragement and comfort to suffering Christians throughout this first letter. Now, as he brings the letter to a close, he makes sure that he imparts some final practical wisdom for their lives......and for ours too.
This is the 3rd message in our series, The Impact of a Changed Life. We have been looking at the power of God to transform an individual into someone who will bring glory and honor to His name. In this story we see how God changes a proud, demanding, wasteful, promiscuous son into a humble, respectful, thankful, submissive servant. How wonderful to see a wise and loving father who patiently waited in hope, eagerly watching for the return of his dear son.
The Living Sacrifice is one who rises from his knees and encounters a world of people for whom Jesus died at Calvary, so how will we treat people? Will we set up categories, classes, and cliques? Or will we choose to get carried away with the humble ones?
God loves humility. We and everyone else hate it.
Nebuchadnezzar made a bold statement in Daniel 4 that resulted in some rather humiliating consequences. However, after seven years of wilderness training, he came to his senses and learned a lesson he would not soon forget. His lesson was a lesson in humility, and we would do well to examine our own hearts for attitudes of pride lest we bring upon ourselves consequences of the same nature.
Week 3 of "Habakkuk". Pastor Ross talks about being proud or humble and draws the parallels of what is happening in Habakkuk to what is happening in 2011.
These are some pretty rough verses. There is no way to hedge around what Jesus is teaching. He is teaching us that we are to serve others. We are to be the slave of all. This is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. So, we should do the same thing. We must address the same attitude that kept the disciples from serving others and that is pride. Pride is opposed to faith because it demonstrates how much we love ourselves. When we are willing to be a servant to others, we are demonstrating that we love God more that ourselves and what others think of us.