Thursday, July 13, 2017

Success through Humility.

"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name..." (Philippians 2:9).

Success, honor, power, and position are words synonymous with first world culture. One can't watch cartoons without being indoctrinated with the concept that bigger is better, rule over people, and only the strong survive. Yet, Jesus showed strength in a form very different from that people had experienced or expected. It was and is a strength that continues to challenge those who long for success.

Jesus, who was and will always be God, chose to surrender the application of His deity, His "God-ness" while He was on earth before His crucifixion. He humbled Himself as a man, to all that men and women would face. He did this for many reasons, but one in particular to show the greatest strength is not found in wielding power, but in yielding to a Greater Power. Jesus humbled Himself before God the Father.

Jesus' success was found in the "lowest place." He came as a baby and lived as a servant. He was found trustworthy in His humility. He was the Son of God, yet lived as a son of man. He went to the cross of crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for the generations that might never acknowledge Him and for the untold multitudes that would. He excelled at the lowest place and therefore, by God the Father, was lifted up to the Highest place.

When you find success at the lowest place, God can trust you with success at any place! Humility comes before honor. Ambition and drive are great elements to embody, but never at the expense of humility and surrender. If you want to rise to a higher place, how are you doing at the "lower" place? Are you modeling excellence at the level God has for you now? Are you doing ALL that you know to do where you are? Are you surrendered to the authority and leadership you have? 

God has designed you for where you are so that you can learn all there is to learn, SO THAT He can raise you up. You can't go to the next level until you have exhausted every lesson God wants you to learn at this level. It's not because you're not good enough. It may be because you've not yet let Him be GOD enough.

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