Serving the Lord with all humility.
Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. § I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone … not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. § When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, “We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.”
Our boasting is this … we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshy wisdom but by the grace of God. § We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
Acts 20:19; Matt. 20:26–28; Gal. 6:3; Rom. 12:3; Luke 17:10; 2 Cor. 1:12; 4:7
We have turned, every one, to his own way.
Noah … planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk. § [Abram] said to Sarai his wife, … “Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me.” § Isaac said to Jacob, … “Are you really my son Esau?” [Jacob] said, “I am.” § Moses … spoke rashly. § The men of Israel … did not ask counsel of the Lord … Joshua … made a covenant with them. § David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
All these … obtained a good testimony through faith. § [All are] justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. § The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
“Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways.”
Isa. 53:6; Gen. 9:20–21; 12:11, 13; 27:21, 24; Ps. 106:32–33; Josh. 9:14–15;
1 Kings 15:5; Heb. 11:39; Rom. 3:24; Isa. 53:6; Ezek. 36:32