Object Lessons

The Way Up

Object: A capital "U." (Make two "U's" out of cardboard, about four inches across and six inches high. Put the points together, making a large cipher. Join them together with a piece of white paper which completely covers both. Fold the white sides to­gether, giving the appearance of a "U." Color one side of the "U" black and the other gold.)

What is the matter with this large "U"?

"It is black, reminding us of sin."

Did you know that it is a sin to be proud? The sinner always wants to exalt himself. This is the reason Jesus Christ said in Luke 14:11, "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." The saying, "The way up is down," is true, as strange as it may seem.

In 1 Peter 6:6, we read, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." This black "U" reminds me of proud people who are trying to exalt themselves. (Hold the "U" in the right hand with the fingers toward the audience.)

If the sinner is ever to please God, he must be cleansed and humbled under the hand of God. We see what happens when a proud sinner accepts Christ as his Saviour. (Drop the "U" beneath the hand, allowing it to become a white cipher.) It is changed from a black "U" to a white cipher, as the sinner admits that he is nothing.

God never uses a proud person as fully as He could if that person were humble. He uses a humble person who is cleansed by the blood of Christ. When self is humbled under the hand of God, you are then in a position to be used by Him.

God has promised to exalt those who are saved and humbled under His hand. If you are willing to be nothing for Christ now, you will be something with Him some day. This is what happens. (Lift the cipher above the hand with the thumb toward the audience.) The "U" is now gold, speaking of glory. The sinner who receives Christ is cleansed and humbled, and will someday be exalted in glory.

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