“He humbled Himself. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” (Philippians 2:8, 9)
This verse very clearly indicates what a big exaltation God gives to those who humble themselves. Humility is a noble characteristic which God expects from us. He is gracious towards the humble. Many people do not have this experience of humbleness and thus they are unable to receive exaltations or blessings from God.
The humbleness is the way of Salvation. When the Pharisee came to the presence of God, he came with pride and self-righteousness for the reason that he was following the law and paying the tithe. He did not receive the mercy. But look at the tax collector. His humbleness touches our heart. “And the tax collector, standing far off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). He not only received remission of sins but also received the status of being called as righteous.
Secondly, you should stand with humbleness wherever you are invited. “But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:10, 11).
Thirdly, you may present yourself with humbleness even while facing your enemies. Saul rose as an enemy to King David. Several times Saul lifted the spear to pierce the king. Further, he went to wilderness and caves in search of King David to destroy him. Once when God delivered King David to the hands of Saul, he did not kill him but humbled himself before him and said “After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea?” (1 Samuel 24:14).
Dear precious children of God, even in the ministry you need to be humble. When God gives you gifts and power and when He uses you in His hands as a mighty vessel, never allow the pride to creep into you. Though Paul the Apostle had received so many mercies, he humbled himself and said, “I am the least of the apostles” (1 Corinthians 15:9). With all humbleness he said “… sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15) and shall we also live with such humbleness?
To meditate: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).