Just something that’s been on my heart since last week.
“Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Proverbs 16:19
A faithful servant is one who works for humility. So often, people work to gain a name for themselves, to show how great we are, not for humility. Our flesh thinks that in order to be great, we need big publicity, bit excitement, but is it? Greatness is found in dark seclusion, in weary hours, greatness is found in the drudgery. Greatness begins with a servitude. Jesus humbled himself when He came to this world as a baby, a servant. What did God do? God EXALTED Him! God selects leaders who are humble and have a heart of servitude.
Being humble is often portrayed as being weak. We need to see humility the way God sees it. He sees it as meekness, What do you think of when you hear the word meekness? Some words I thought of instantly thought of words like timid, shy, lowly.. What meekness really is, is the ability to faithfully serve others. We need to be meek, humble. It is a characteristic of a servant heart. Having a servant heart is the greatest asset a person could have.
What is the opposite of meekness? Pride. What is revealed in a life of selfishness and pride? The first thing is self-centeredness; then arrogance, and of course, exaltation of the flesh. Such is what the world perceives as greatness. Greatness really requires becoming insignificant. It requires meekness loss of self-advancement and exaltation, and shrinking of inner-self, that must be replaced with exaltation of Him who is great.
The world says “Come on!” But Jesus says “Go get a cross.” Mark 8:34 says “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Jesus said, “take up your cross.” The cross is a symbol of death. It’s a symbol of complete helplessness. Nail yourself on that cross. That cross is a symbol of relationship. It’s a symbol of relationship between God and man. The cross is an identification; it’s a work of redemption; it’s a possession; it’s a matter of servitude; and it reflects what’s inside.
“Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister, and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Matthew 20:26-27. “Whosoever will be chief…” You want to be a big chief? “Whosoever will be great…” You want to be great? Alright, there is a formula for acquiring greatness. People who achieve greatness discover this secret – they go get a cross – they have an attitude of heart that expresses itself it meekness. Those who have meekness can’t hide it. It simply comes out. What’s really inside seeps out.
Greatness – real greatness – begins with servitude. It’s Gods plan that we first become servants. The word “minister” actually comes from the word “servant” or “slave.” The word “deacon” comes from the word “servant.” Jude said “I am a servant of the Lord.” Peter, in his second epistle wrote “ I am a servant of the Lord.” John wrote in Revelation “I’m a servant of the Lord.” Where did these men get the idea of being a servant? How was it revealed to them?
Philippians 2:5-7 states, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who thought it not robbery to be equal with God…” He, Jesus, was equal with the God of creation. Can you imagine? Here is a man, a man who was everything. He was God, the great God of the universe, incarnate in one human being. Now He would have been anything. Did He make himself some superstar? No! The Scripture states that “He thought it not robbery to be equal with God… made himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.” He became sin for us – HE the very son of God, made himself a servant, a slave. Jesus humbled Himself, God exalted Him. God selects leaders who are humble and have a heart of servitude.
Colossians 3:12-13 James 3:12 2 Corinthians 10:1 Pslams 25:9
Psalms 37:11 Psalms 147:6 Titus 3:2 Proverbs 16:19