HUMILITY AND EXALTATION!
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
Firstly, God exalts those who come to Him after repentance. Secondly, He exalts those who humble themselves. Humility is a special ornament. God loves and likes humility.
The Scripture says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 5:3). God likes you to practise humility not only in the worldly life but also in your Spiritual aspects. Those who fell due to their Spiritual pride are more in number than those who fell for their terrible sins.
When God loves you and likes you and blesses you with gifts and power, you should be cautious that the pride should not creep into you because of these things. Those who are with Spiritual pride get afflicted with the 'spirit of accusing' and begin to accuse others. But those who are humble lean upon the grace of God and get exalted.
Once, a youth went on talking with pride. He said, "God has given me with all the Spiritual Gifts. Is sorcery anywhere? I can come and simply burn and destroy them. I can also pray and destroy the magicians." At the end of the meeting, a servant of God came to pray for him and immediately he began to shake and fell flat on the ground. Satan had entered into him making use of the pride that was in him. What a pity!
Once, a Pharisee and a tax collector went to pray. The prayer of the Pharisee was filled with self-pride. But the tax collector was not even able to raise his eyes towards heaven and prayed saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner." God heard his prayer, made him righteous and exalted him.
Jesus Christ said, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls" (Mathew 11:29). God saw the humility in Jesus Christ and exalted Him.
The Scripture says, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Dear children of God, behave with humility and love towards the believers and the servants of God. Always evaluate others to be more valuable than yourself. Always be on the lookout in honouring others. Then you will be blessed immensely.
To meditate: “Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zachariah 9:9).