Part 3 Modesty
My Recent Facebook Post: “Modesty is a very attractive trait. Outward modesty is simple; take something off, put something, cover something up. Inward modesty is very different. In fact, you can’t achieve it. It is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit through a life in Christ. Jesus was the only modest person who ever lived. We can only achieve true modesty, inward modesty, through a changed heart and mind through Christ.”
Today we are going to focus primarily on inward modesty and what that looks like in the life of a believer.
Philippians 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.
Typical usage of the term modest
1 Timothy 2:9 (NKJV)
… in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
This also applies to men
1 Timothy 3:2 (NKJV)
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
Greek for Modest is Kosmios, meaning: well arranged
That’s what we will seek to discover in God’s word today. What is a well-arranged life… ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE?
Modesty is the Offspring of Humility.
There is False Humility then there is True Humility.
- Esteem Others Better than Yourself.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV)
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Q: Don’t we think about ourselves a lot?
Q: Who do we look for first in a group photo?
Q: What’s everyone’s favorite topic?
Social Media can be a very me-centric and immodest place.
Greek for Esteem is hēgeomai, meaning: to consider or think
A truly modest, truly humble, well arranged life thinks of others as better or greater than themselves… ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE.
Can I tell you that’s a hard thing to do!
- Humble Yourself.
Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God exalts those who humble themselves and He humbles those who exalt themselves!
I hate to keep harping on social media bur again, there is a lot of self-exaltation out there!
This is a partnership between you and God. Humble yourself so God doesn’t have to and stop exalting yourself, so God can.
In the Greek, exalt meant to: be lifted up with pride.
I can’t help but think of the scene in The Lion King when they lifted up the newly born lion cub.
That’s what God did with His Son Jesus. He said, this is my Son in Whom I am well pleased.
That’s what He wants to do with us, but we can’t stop doing it for ourselves long enough to give Him a chance too!
A truly modest, truly humble, well arranged life exalts Christ above all and in al… ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE.
- For it is God Who Works IN You.
Philippians 2:12-16 (NKJV)
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
You can never be truly modest or truly humble or live a well-arranged life on your own, but, you can do all things through Christ… ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE.
Prayer for the congregation to be empowered to live as modest people so that we don’t run and labor in vain as believers.
Invitation for Salvation
Paul said, he had not run or labored in vain.
Q: In the original Greek, do you know what that word “vain” really meant… empty.
Q: Did you know that without Christ, no matter what you do, or how much you achieve or where you go it’s all in vain… it all leaves you empty!
However, consider this. The opposite of empty is full.
With Christ, you will all be full and fulfilled!
Raise Hands if You Prayed that Prayer