5 Questions to Stay Humble

5 Questions to Stay Humble

Humility suggests that you realize that you don’t know everything. Humility causes you to remain curious, inquisitive and teachable. One sign of humility is that you put others before yourself. Today, we’re taking time to reflect on the unfolding Easter story in the second chapter of Acts and the founding of the church.

Acts 2:36-47 (NIV) 

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Humility Rules

“They devoted themselves” is the spiritual posture of humility that forms the foundations of the church. The activities that follow flow from a humble heart. It is the governing principle of the early church. The posture of humility is as important as the activities themselves:

  • teaching 
  • fellowship
  • eating
  • prayer
  • sharing
  • meeting
  • worship
  • evangelism

These activities were done in relationship with one another. Community is hard work.  It requires humility.  

Discipleship requires humility

Jesus was counter-cultural. In Matthew 5:11-12, He identifies those who will be blessed – which is diametrically opposed to the celebrity culture in our society today. Humility rules!  

In our society we are encouraged to be the best, be different, be a person of influence. The Kingdom of God turns that thinking on its head.  

  • Who is comforted? 
  • Who inherits the earth?  
  • Who will be fed?  
  • Who will be shown mercy?  
  • Who will see God?  
  • Who will be called children of God?  
  • Who will inherit the Kingdom of God?

As a leader who empowers others, you assume the posture of a servant. Leadership requires humility. Church history is founded on these humble roots.  

As a disciple, you realize the importance of humility. Making disciples is a humbling task.  

5 Questions to Stay Humble

Following are questions you can use personally (or if you are coaching a group of Jesus followers) to make more and better disciples.

  • How have you felt humbled recently? 
  • What was your response? 
  • What would Jesus advise you to do in your next spiritual season? 
  • How can you grow from this moment? 
  • How do you plan to move the action forward in your spiritual journey?

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Anticipation: 50 Days of Easter

Anticipation: 50 Days of Easter

We celebrated Easter a little over a week ago, but did you know that Easter actually lasts for 50 days?! The season of Easter–or Eastertide, as it’s commonly known–is the period from Resurrection Sunday to Ascension Sunday. It’s a time of celebration, hope and discovery. During this season, Jesus appeared to his followers, revealed his plan and commissioned them for the ministry he had empowered them to fulfill. He promised a Helper in the person of the Holy Spirit to guide them for the work ahead. 

Reflect on the book of Acts as the apostles leaned into their mission. How must they have felt after spending this season with their risen Savior? Envision how they might have responded to Jesus’ commission. What spiritual postures can you identify with and employ in your own spiritual work?

Peter Addresses the Crowd

After Jesus’ ascension, his apostles went out to preach the gospel, gathering thousands of followers. Acts 2:22-32 shared Peter’s words as he speaks to a gathered crowd:

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. (Acts 2:22-32 NIV)

The defining moment in His story 

Can you imagine the emotions the disciples experienced at the realization of Jesus’s resurrection? Imagine the joy they had when they realized Jesus returned from the dead? Or the fear, curiosity and wonder His resurrected body elicited? What about the sense of adventure and excitement the mission He was commissioning them to pursue produced?

It is helpful to understand the context for Peter’s sermon above. His audience were first century Jews who were in Jerusalem for the festival of Shavu’ot (a Hebrew word meaning “weeks,” a Jewish harvest festival, also known in the first century as Pentecost). Thus, when Peter uses the plural form of “you” in this speech, “you crucified,” (verse 23), he is speaking to the Jews of his day in Jerusalem. Luke lays a share of the culpability for Jesus’ death at the feet of Jesus’ own people.  Not a popular point he is making!

Acts records the activities of the Apostles. It is one of the most thrilling accounts of disciple making in church history and is the foundation that we build our faith on today. Imagine if we did not have the book of Acts. We would struggle to put the pieces together. Thanks to Luke, we have the historical account of what transpired after Jesus’s return. It is too easy to blow by Easter and forget what followed. 

I invite you to explore afresh what you can learn from the earliest record of disciple-making movements and the spiritual posture the Apostles demonstrated, so that you may adopt a similar posture to experience that same challenge, excitement, and fruit in your life.

What Spiritual Posture can you adopt from this passage?

Following are questions you can use personally (or if you are coaching a group of Jesus followers) to make more and better disciples.

  • How have you demonstrated faith in Jesus during your spiritual journey? 
  • Where have you doubted His activity in your life?
  • What can you learn from those moments? 
  • What do you notice about Peter’s spiritual posture in his account of Jesus’s death and resurrection?
  • What was Peter expecting from this message?
  • What are you anticipating as you connect with people far from God?
  • What is your spiritual work right now?


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Happy Easter from InFocus!

Happy Easter from InFocus!

“He is risen. He is risen, indeed.”

It’s now Monday morning and I’m sure most of you are reflecting on all of the fun and special moments you had yesterday during your Easter celebrations. Whether it was with your family, friends, your church… it was a day worth celebrating. But as we start a new week, let’s not stop reflecting on the reason for our celebration, Jesus Christ’s resurrection and triumph over death!

“Whoever has the Son has life”. (1 John 5:12 NIV)

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Lent Week Seven: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Lent Week Seven: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Welcome, everyone, to the final week of Lent. I am so thankful for all our friends who have followed this journey with InFocus. With Easter Sunday just around the corner, and the season of Lent at an end, it is a good time to reflect on the experience of this Lenten season as a whole, as well as a time to look toward the significance of Holy Week and Easter Sunday itself. The reason we choose to observe Lent is for the yearly reminder of Jesus’s sacrifice for us, but it’s also a time for contemplation about our own spiritual path and how we choose to live our life. The season of Lent allows us to slow down, to become more aware of our unhealthy habits and to develop better practices, it gives us room to focus on our spiritual well-being. It is a transformative time. In this final week, consider how this season has affected you… 

  • Have you taken the time to slow down and reflect? 
  • What did you gain from this opportunity? 
  • What would you like to do with your final week of this season?

The Lenten season is meant to kindle a “bright sadness” within our hearts. Its aim is precisely the remembrance of Christ, a longing for a relationship with God that has been lost. Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship. The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection.

Here at InFocus, we have been following the Stations of the Cross, focusing each week on one of the most essential moments in Jesus’ journey toward his crucifixion. This final week, appropriately, we are looking at Jesus being laid in the tomb. 

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

“As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.”
(Matthew 27:57-61 NLT)

This moment signifies both endings and beginnings. It is the end of Jesus’ life and his suffering. It signifies the completion and success of his mission on earth. It is also the beginning of our salvation. The start of a new hope to light the path of followers of God. It is the end of a mortal life, and the beginning of life eternal. 

For those around Jesus as he died, it was a time of deep grief. Not only had they lost a beloved friend, but must have felt like they lost their greatest hope. If their savior was dead…what could that mean for their faith? As modern Christians, we can feel their grief and hopelessness. Grief is a vital element of the season of Lent; we are meant to mourn with our Christian forbearers, as we remember Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice. But, we should feel hope in places of hopelessness. We know that Easter is around the corner and that our grief will be replaced with joy and everlasting hope. 

Easter is a celebration; the greatest celebration for Christians. It is a time for joy and gratitude. With our final week of Lent, take time for both grief and joy. While reflecting on the history of our faith or what is happening in your own life, allow yourself to feel both the pain and the love that surrounds you; to feel both is to be as God created us. 

I realize in my own journey the importance of grieving a loss. It is a sacred time. Jesus’ family grieved. His disciples grieved. His followers grieved. In this, I am comforted to know that I, too, must grieve.

I’ll close with a quote from Julian of Norwich (1343-1416):

“The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God, knowing that that goodness can reach down to our lowest depths of need.”

Questions for reflection: 

  • What was your major take away from Lent this year?
  • What is ending and what is beginning in your life? 
  • What are you grieving in life and what are you celebrating? 


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*I want to thank Cecelia Meserve for her contributions throughout the Lent series.

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