“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!”

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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27 Comments on “MAKING IT TO THE TOP!”

  1. I think you just said it all in one Post!!!! Putting this on scale, this is the entire pot-of-coffee!!!! Well said….. Take Care My Friend and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. Dave Boller Says:

    Thanks, Kenny! 🙂


  3. Can I like this twice, or can i just love it once. 🙂


  4. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Great post! I like the analogy of pressing the ‘Down’ button on the ego.

    I recently heard a message about being humble in which it was said that humility is knowing our place. When we exalt the Lord and serve others with genuine hearts, we are practicing humility. Sometimes people serve others and God with selfish motives, which is the opposite of humility, because it’s really seeking to serve self. I like how Mark Driscoll puts it, “We’re proud people pursuing humility by the grace of God.” 🙂


  5. seeker Says:

    Thanks morningstory for reblogging and thank you Working for Christ for the post. If God calls us we have really no choice but to humble our selves.


  6. lilyboat Says:

    Good point clearly made. Great!


  7. Always the right message, always awesome to reaffirm the message of Christ. God blesses you!!


  8. Anna Popescu Says:

    “If we want to “make it to the top” of God’s world, we need to take the elevator to the basement. — AMEN, what a great statement! Thank you for such a wonderful message!



  9. bellabelliza Says:

    “..So, to exalt God we need to press the DOWN button on the ego elevator..” – so true!


  10. teresapoetry Says:

    Awesome message! This was similar to the message at our church today! Thanks for sharing this…..GREAT words : )


  11. I so needed to be reminded of this thank you for expressing it so clearly


  12. “press the DOWN button on the ego elevator”- I like this one – but it’s so hard to reach this button and NOT press the UP botton!


  13. garden2day Says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 Take care, Dave! 😀


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