MAKING IT TO THE TOP!
“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11, NIV)
Merriam-Webster defines exalt as “to elevate by praise or in estimation, to raise high, and to elevate.” Humble means to “rank low, to offer a spirit of submission, not arrogant or assertive, not proud or haughty.”
In the business world, the office with a view, the reserved parking space, the Mercedes-Benz, and the second home in West Palm Beach measure success. We’ve all heard the expression, “making it to the top.” But God’s view of “making it to the top” isn’t the same as the world’s view.
If we want to “make it to the top” of God’s world, we need to take the elevator to the basement. You see, in God’s world we need to humble ourselves to serve others. In other words, to be elevated in God’s world means to be humbled in ours. Jesus knew that better than anyone.
Consider the following: Jesus was exalted – after volunteering to give up divinity. Jesus was lifted up – after going down to the grave. Jesus was honored – after submitting to the Father. Jesus was glorified – after dying.
Jesus was sent to this earth for one purpose – to save humanity! He didn’t have an office with a view, a reserved parking space, or a second home in West Palm Beach. He worked the streets. He taught in the marketplace. He loved as no one else has ever loved. And, He served others to exalt his Father in Heaven. He didn’t only serve kings and royalty; He served sinners like you and me.
So, to exalt God we need to press the DOWN button on the ego elevator. We need to live our lives as Christ did – humbly serving others. By doing so we will glorify our Father and exalt Him above everything else. When we finally meet Christ in Heaven we will know we’ve “made it to the top!”
Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!
- I Must Exalt Christ, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Follow Me: A New Book by David Platt (gracesatisfies.wordpress.com)
- Every spiritual blessing in Christ (leadmeintheeverlastingway.com)
- Affirming The Righteous Judgments Of Messiah Jesus (vineoflife.net)
- 2 very different types of prayers, which one do you pray? (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)