Bible Verses

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” – 1 Peter 5:6

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6

 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 11:30

“When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.” – 2 Chronicles 12:7

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

The word “humble” appears eighty-one times in the Bible.  It is important to learn as early in life as possible that taking personal credit for your actions is not in your best interest.  As you can see in the Bible verses above, you do not need to take credit. Pay attention to other people and you will be rewarded in so many other ways. 

If you focus your effort to highlight the accomplishments of other people, you will gain more respect than if you draw attention to yourself.  Make your objective to help other people by highlighting their contributions. 

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Jim Brandt High School

I spent the key part of my younger life in a small town in Northern California called Paradise.  It was up in the mountains.  I wanted to go to college, and I knew that a football scholarship was the best opportunity to attend a top college.  I worked very hard to become a starter on my high school football team. 

I made sure every time I accomplished anything that everyone knew I was responsible for achieving something.  I did receive a lot of credit for helping the team win games.  By the middle of my junior year, there were several top-level colleges interested in pursuing me.  Some of my teammates felt I was conceded, but I was ok with that.

Then, just before my senior year, my father had to relocate our family to Southern California.  I was devastated.  It was almost impossible to start playing for a high school team during your senior year.  I decided not to play in Southern California because the competition was too great and all the other players had been on the team for three years.  I started a job as a dishwasher so I could save some money for school.  So I did not practice with the team during the summer. 

Then I had a dream one night. I was playing football.  I kept hearing this voice, “play for the team”.  It felt very strange.  Then when I went to school the next morning, the football coach sent me a message to see him in his office.  I went to see him.  He said my coach from Paradise called him and suggested I should support the team in Southern California. 

I was shocked after having the dream and then being called by the coach.  I told the coach that since I did not practice with the team during the summer, it was too late to begin playing.  The coach told me a key player was hurt during the last game and my Paradise coach felt I could fill the spot.  I had such a strong feeling from the dream that I agreed to go to practice that afternoon.

I kept hearing the voice, “play for the team”, in my head.  The practice went well and so did the season.  I played the opposite way from when I was in Paradise.  I realized that playing for the team meant helping my fellow players and do not seek credit every time I accomplish something.  The experience was fantastic.  All the other players worked to help me, and I did not need to take credit for anything.  I did have college offers, but the lesson about “playing for the team” applied to the rest of my life.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

You do not need to take credit for everything you do.  If you do your best to help other people and share the credit, you will do great.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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