When God Says “No”
November 19, 2017
Series: LETTERS – Jesus365
Speaker: Pastor Roger Valci
The Humility Revolution
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
This verse initiated the Humility Revolution. Before Christ, people saw humility as “to put down”. Humility was “shame”. After Christ, humility “to willing lower oneself on behalf of other.”
Three young men hopped on a bus in Detroit in the 1930s and tried to pick a fight with a lone man sitting in the back of the vehicle. They insulted him. He did not respond. They ridiculed his clothes and called him names. He said nothing. They stepped closer trying to get him to flinch. Nothing occurred. Eventually, the stranger stood up. He was bigger than they imagined – much bigger. He reached into his pocket, handed them a business card and walked off the bus. As the bus drove off, the young men gathered around the card. It read the following words: Joe Louis, Boxer. They had just tried to pick a fight with the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world from June 22, 1937- March 1, 1949.
As an amateur, Louis has 43 knockouts in 54 fights
Known as “The Brown Bomber”
Held the belt for 12 years
Defended his title a record 25x
It was said that Louis’ punch was so potent it was said he could knock out a horse with one swing.
Here is a man of immense power, skill, capable of defending his honor and name with a single devastating blow. Yet, he chooses to forgo his status and power for others – in this case some punks who may have deserved a lesson or two.
In our Jesus 365 study, we encounter some of the most majestic words ever penned. From a prison cell, the Apostle Paul launches a humility revolution that is still felt today.