Philippians 2:5-9 YOUR ATTITUDE should be the same as that of CHRIST JESUS:
Who, being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but MADE HIMSELF NOTHING, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being obedient to death_ even death on a cross! Therefore God EXALTED HIM to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,…
It was one of my many conversations with the Lord. This past week, I was asking the Lord. WHY HUMILITY? Why did you have to pass me/my family through this painful path of humility? Is it necessary or mandatory? A couple of days after asking this question…the Lord answered. ‘I HAVE STRIPPED YOU OF VAIN GLORY.’
The Lord took me back to the story of Moses. He was born in Egypt during the time when the children of Israel were under bondage and when Pharaoh had ordered for the killing of every male child born into a Hebrew family. But with God’s intervention…Moses survived when Pharaoh’s daughter took him under her wings as her own son. So…while the children of Israel was oppressed and forced to work under very difficult circumstances, Moses….grew up and walked on the CORRIDORS OF POWER at the Pharaoh court. Oh…his heart was with his Hebrew brothers and sisters, but his presence and loyalty was with the Pharaoh and his family. In every sense of that word…HE HAD GLORY…or so it seemed.
Then everything changed. One day…he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew. The following day, he tried to intervene between two Hebrews fighting, and to his utter shock, he heard these words. WHO MADE YOU RULER AND JUDGE OVER US? Before he knew it, the glory he once enjoyed was no longer his. Hence…he fled to the desert. You see, VAIN GLORY…is just but for a time and a season. Without HUMILITY….your glory will soon fade away or be stripped from you with one wrong move you make. One moment, Moses was the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and the next, he was a fugitive on the run.
On Saturday, the Lord spoke to me again. ‘HUMILITY IS THE PLATFORM FOR THE HIGHER CALL.’
As the above scripture tells us…OUR ATTITUDE should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
You see, unlike you and me…Jesus is equal to God. Yet…He became NOTHING...in other words…He stripped himself of glory…not vain glory, but TRUE GLORY and became like one of us…going through the humbling process and became obedient to death on the cross. And yes, while humility means…a dying in the process…it is only and through humility that one can be EXALTED. Before God sets one up for a higher calling, the process of humility is necessary and mandatory. And the Lord was right when He said these words to me:
YOU WILL NEED A LOT OF HUMILITY FOR THE PLACE WHERE YOU ARE GOING. In other words, HUMILITY is your greatest friend and servant.
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and HUMILITY COMES BEFORE HONOR.
My friend: Is humility serving you well? Are you ready to be stripped of vain glory? Or you preparing yourselves to be exalted? The choice is yours…as always!