10.26.2014

Matthew 23: 1-12 (2)

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Be Humble and Patient
Reading: Matthew 23: 1-12
Props: Running Shoes and Dress Shoes

(3) Jesus says something like this:
“Those who exalt themselves will be disappointed and humbled.
But those who humble themselves will be lifted high.”

What does it mean?
Let me explain with this story.

(3) Once upon a time, there was a gentleman who had these two shoes.
These shoes were at his shoes’ place at his house.
But these shoes were very different.

So. let me introduce them to you.
(2) One is Dress Shoes.
He is good looking.

But he ignored all the other shoes.
Then he only talked with other pretty dress shoes.

Even then he was rarely listening to them.
He didn’t care what others had to say.
He always talked about himself.
He talked about how good looking he was; how handsome and beautiful he was.

He was like this because he thinks that he is very important.
So, he never volunteer for anything, thinking he is saved for a special purpose.
That is him.

(2) Now let’s meet this Running Shoes.
This Running Shoes is different.
He is very nice.
He loves everyone.
He is thankful for God.
He is smiling all the times.
He is willing to serve.
In fact, he was used for various purposes.
(3) Sometimes, he was used to to play soccer.
Sometimes, he was used to go to the post office.
He was used to go to the mart.

(1) Sometimes, he was even used as a toy for kitten.
They played with him and rolled him.
They hid themselves in him.
They loved him.

Then one day, the owner of these shoes was invited to a birthday party.
(3) So, he was preparing for a present.
Then these shoes were watching him.
Both wanted to go to this party.

But the Running Shoes knew so well that the owner would not wear Running Shoes to go to a birthday party.
So, Running Shoes decided to wait patiently to be used for another purpose.

(3) But Dress Shoes was ready.
He looked up and waited to be picked.
Well, he was right.
He was picked.

So, he was so happy to go this birthday party.
He wanted to be looked good and show up at this party.
He hoped that everyone would talk about him and how good looking he was.

(3) But then the birthday boy called and asked everyone to wear casually because they are going to play games outside.
It was a special birthday party with a lot of games to play outside.

So, for this occasion, Running Shoes was chosen.
(3) And he was happy, playing a lot of fun games outside.
He was also happy because he could serve his owner.

(2) Maybe that is what Jesus says here like this:
“Those who exalt themselves will be disappointed and humbled.
But those who humble themselves will be lifted high.”

Jesus is asking us to be humble and patient so that God can use us and bless us.
So, I hope that we practice our faith very humbly and patiently.
May we believe in Jesus very humbly.
Right?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to be humble and patient so that you may use us and bless us.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.