Humility Sermon Illustrations

Humility Sermon Illustrations

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Bishop Moule's Humility

It is not surprising to find those who walk humbly with God, humble before their fellows. Dr. G. Scroggie says, "I stayed with Handley Moule, Bishop of Durham, at Lochlan Castle. I never saw more wonderful unselfishness and humility. General William Booth stayed overnight, and when he got home from the meeting the Bishop put him in the easiest chair in the drawing room and knelt down and took off General Booth's shoes, carried them away, and got his slippers. And all was done so naturally—no pride, no selfishness, no desire to maintain his dignity, though he did not lose any of it by getting on his knees."Evangelical Christian.

No Crowding Here

A young minister was preaching a sermon on Christ washing the disciples' feet, and in the midst of it he said, "Do you know, friends, we are all fighting for the top in the church, but there are so few fighting for the towel." This was a crude way of saying that there are very few willing to be the last, the lowest, and the least in the body of Christ.—Gospel Herald.

God Chooses the "Weak" and "Foolish"

When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: "This may be why. The Lord looked down from Heaven upon the earth and said, `Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the meanest man on the face of the earth?' Then He saw me and said, 'Now I've found him, and I will work through him. He won't be proud of it. He'll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.'"—Christian Herald.


A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility. You soon detect mock humility. They have a saying among the Arabs that as the tares and the wheat grow they show which God has blessed. The ears that God has blessed bow their heads and acknowledge every grain, and the more fruitful they are the lower their heads are bowed. The tares lift up their heads erect, high above the wheat, but they are only fruitful of evil.

If we only get down low enough, God will use us to His glory.—D. L. Moody.

The Loveliest Virtue

Humility is the Christian's loveliest virtue and his crowning grace. Once it was a stigma; today it is a compliment. Christ took the hateful word and made it honorable. Dr. Jowett tells a story of Joseph Parker: "Why did Jesus choose Judas?" Dr. Parker was once asked. "I do not know," replied the doctor, "but I have a harder question: why did he choose me?"—Sunday School Times.

Why God Chooses Us

Hudson Taylor, the great missionary leader, once said, when someone asked him how he was chosen for the work in China, that God chose a little man so that men might see what a great God we have.Sunday School Times

William Gladstone said, 'Humility as a sovereign grace is the creation of Christianity.' Lowliness of heart is good soil for the seed of faith.

(Phil. 2. 5, 6; 1 Pet. 5. 5, 6)

The saint that wears Heaven's brightest crown
In deepest adoration bends:
The weight of glory bears him down
The most, when most his soul ascends.
Nearest the Throne itself must be
The footsteps of humility.

(Eph. 3. 8; 1 Cor. 15. 9; James 4. 10)

When Dr. Morrison, well-known missionary to China, wrote home, asking that an assistant be sent him, a young man eager to go appeared before the committee. He looked to them so unpromising, so rough and 'countrified', that they said, `He will never do for a missionary.' But he was so anxious to be employed in missionary labors, the committee made a proposal to send him out as a servant. Asked if he was willing, he replied with a bright smile: `Yes, most certainly. I am willing to do anything, so that I am in the work. To be "a hewer of wood and drawer of water" is too great an honor for me when the Lord's house is a-building.' That young rustic afterwards became Dr. Milne, a most efficient missionary, founder and principal of the Anglo-Chinese College of Malacca.—The Prairie Overcomer

(Prov. 15. 33; Luke 7 6; Phil. 2. 5, 6; 1 Pet. 5. 6)

You have a famous cook, 'tis true;
Your menage is the best.
You are a splendid hostess too,
And such an ideal guest.
But can you eat of humble pie
A truly generous slice,
Without one soft, regretful sigh
As if it tasted nice?

You're lithe and young as anything:
You're quite a sport at hockey,
And you alone on deck can sing
When winds and waves are rocky.
You mount the highest horse in town
With ease that's good to see;
But, say, can you do climbing down
With real agility?

You can from any instrument
Draw music sweet and clear;
Like Orpheus, 'tis your gay intent
To soothe and charm the ear.
Harp, viol, 'cello—all of these
Your servants. Let me see!
Can you play second fiddle well
And make a melody?

(Luke 14. 10; Phil. 2. 22)

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