Lesson for August 7, 2021
STRIFE AND VAIN GLORY
A rich man once invited many honored guests for a feast. His own chair, richly decorated, was placed at one end of the long table. While awaiting his arrival, each guest seated himself according to his own esteem of his position in the sight of the Master. When the time came and all were seated, the master came in and moved his chair to the other end of the table!
It is clear from the Scriptures, that our Heavenly Father, like the master in the illustration above, shuns pride. Christ, the greatest man to ever walk on earth, the Son of God himself, chose to come as a humble carpenter. He could have been born the son of an earthly king. He could also have accepted kingship at many points in his earthly life. He chose, instead, to live and die a servant. This is the example that we are to follow if we want to be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Scripture Reading: Luke 22:24-30.
Memory Verse: Philippians 2:3.
- Should the saints of God strive over who should be their leader? 1 Cor. 3:3-7.
- What did Paul fear would become of the church at Corinth in his absence? II Cor. 12:20.
- What is the result of pride? Prov. 16:18; 11:2.
- What example of humility did Christ give? John 13:12-15.
- Should those in honored church positions look down upon those in supposedly lower office? 1 Cor. 12:13-31.
- What is the “more excellent way” spoken of in I Cor. 12:31? 1 Cor. chapter 13.
- What does Christ say will happen to those who demand honor? Luke 14:8-11.
- In what manner did Paul and his co-workers preach the Gospel? 1 Thess. 1:4-9.
- In what way should those called of God show themselves worthy? Eph. 4:1-3.