We live in such a society today that many people in the secular world are elbowing their way to the top and many times not too concerned who gets knocked down as they push their way up the ladder. It is not wrong to want success or position but to run over someone else in order to get it is wrong.
Many times this same spirit can creep into our lives too. It was actually an issue Jesus dealt with a couple of times in the scriptures. In Matthew the mother of the sons of Zebedee made a request of Jesus to allow her sons to sit at a place of honor in His kingdom, one at the right and one at the left. He basically rebuked her and said that He does not make those choices but His Father does. Wow, how embarrassing to ask such a question in front of everyone! She got her answer and we never heard what her response was.
Even in the Gospel of Luke 6:46-48 the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them. It says Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” He was basically saying for them to be simple and innocent as these children and do not worry about such things.
The scriptures repeatedly refer to being humble. Here are a few. James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” I Peter 5:6 “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will life you up in honor.” “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
We must remember when we are tempted to seek recognition it is time to hit the floor! It is our posture before the Lord that matters not our position. We need to seek the Lord and remember we have more power on our knees than in our elbows. Psalm 75:6-7 says, ” For not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation. But God is the Judge; He puts down one and lifts up another.”
God will be faithful to hear the cries of His kids. He knows what is best. In His time He will lift you up.
Living by the brook,