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Session 4

Be Humble, Not Invisible

Read: 2 Corinthians 3:1-16

A superhero comedy once included a roster of very non-stereotypical superheroes. No one on the team wore capes, had superhuman strength or possessed powers that could really be considered “super.” One hero did have the power of invisibility, but he could only use the power when no one was looking at him! As soon as he was noticed, his power was gone.

We often think humility is like that guy’s super power. We believe, to be humble, we have to make ourselves invisible, and as soon as we say something about ourselves — poof! — humility gone. But that’s not how Paul talks about humility in 2 Corinthians.

Reading only the first two verses of 2 Corinthians 3, we might think Paul’s humility had disappeared. He says that the church in Corinth is his “letter of recommendation” and that it’s “known and read by everyone.” Is Paul bragging here? Is he saying he’s a big shot? Nope. In verse three, he says this letter is “from Christ … written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.”

Paul goes on to talk about the source of his ministry. He gives all credit for his confidence and competency to Christ. Humility isn’t about minimizing yourself to the point of invisibility, it’s about maximizing Christ for His glory.


  • What is one way you can glorify Christ in your everyday life?
  • What is the difference between being humble and being invisible? What is one thing you can do to point your successes back to Jesus?

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