Friday, February 10, 2017

Christian Outdoor Object Lesson 47: Humblebees 

Key Text

"For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” Luke 22:27


Note: Todays object lesson comes from the book Moving Mountains: A Daily Devotional by Amazing Facts.

An Amazing Fact: Once called humblebees because of their good nature, bumblebees rarely have it in them to sting. But young children struggle to say humblebee, often resorting to “bumblebee.” Because of the bumblebee’s seemingly awkward movements, adults adopted the new name.

Bumblebees are among the few insects that can control their temperature. In cold weather, queens and workers can shiver their flight muscles to warm themselves. Their large size and heat-conserving hair also help them stay warm, allowing them to fly and work in climates and lower temperatures than most other insects.

One day Jesus' disciples were busy arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Christ rebuked them gently and said, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.' But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves" (Luke 22:25, 26).

Like the "humblebee," Christ measures true greatness by humility, not aggressiveness. The nature of a follower of Jesus is to be more like a good child—not busy working to be at the top, but simply living a life of service toward others. It seems impossible that a person could be great by being the least. It also seems impossible for the bumblebee, with their small wings and fat bodies, to fly. Perhaps we can learn a lesson from this simple little insect.1


Has anyone ever done something for you they did not have to? Were they humble about it?

The lesson said we should not work to be at the top but serve others instead, is this easy to do?

Have you ever served someone with a humble attitude? How about someone who did not deserve it?

Is humility good for us or just the people we show it to? Why?


1 Rittenour, Curtis, Shawn Brace, Stephen Hicks, John Krum, Anthony Lester, Laurie Lyon, Danae Schilt, Emily Simmons, Judy Thomsen, and Joelle Worf. Moving Mountains: A Daily Devotional, 97. Roseville, CA: Amazing Facts, 2011.

Written by David F. Garner
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