A mystery that is not understood by the standards of this world, or by our carnal minds, is that the way up is really down! Society is forever seeking to reach the top by its own achievements and successes, exalting in the accolades of men. However, in God’s economy, the way to exaltation is in humility. Two times in Luke Jesus speaks about those who exalt (elevate) themselves coming to abasement (being depressed or humiliated), but those who humble themselves being exalted, Luke 14:11 and 18:14. And He was not just shooting off the top of His head; He was the perfect example of what He taught. Philippians 2:5-10 shows that He was willing to lay aside His similarity with God, not seeking a reputation of His own, becoming as a bond-servant and being fashioned as a man, humbling Himself to obedience even to the painful, shameful, disgraceful, death of the cross (for the sake of redeeming mankind); and “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name”. This set of verses reminds us that “this mind” should also be instilled in us. Both James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 remind us that God resists (opposes) the proud (those appearing above others or conspicuous); but He gives grace (graciousness) to the humble. Hebrews 12:2 tells us how Jesus was able to accomplish this, “for the joy that was set before Him”. He knew the future and with an eye of faith He saw the reward as far outweighing the present suffering. We too have a glimpse into the future through the word of God, and with the Apostle Paul by the eye of faith should “consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:18. As we walk the paths of this present world focusing on the goal, we can walk according to Romans 12:12 “rejoicing in hope”. The Apostle John said “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” 1 John 1:4. And in John 15:11 Jesus Himself said “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
Joy In Humility
-By Rose Hill
God will make your joy abound,
No greater joy can ever be found.
A mystery the world knows nothing about,
The Lord lifts you up without a doubt.
If before Him you come in humility,
Then His great goodness you will see.
Scripture quotations are form the New King James Version copyright 1992 by Thomas Nelson inc. used by permission.