“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
If you enter a lift to go to the penthouse of a skyscraper building, how many of you would first press to go to down to the underground car park? No one! Yet, in God’s way of doing things, it is our job to submit and humble ourselves under Him and His job to lift us up in His time and in His way. In other words, humility is God’s lift for elevation.
What is humility? Total dependence on God for everything. Ask anyone today and they will probably tell you that they need God, but how much we need Him, we just don’t know. This is because pride masks our true condition before God, and makes us see ourselves as a victim of our circumstance. Naturally, we like to be in charge of our lives and do not realise that our lives belong to God. If we knew we needed God to breathe, to talk, to wake up each morning, our attitude towards Him would change. Unless we are humble, we cannot bow to Jesus.
We all want to be appreciated, honoured and praised, yet we should never forget that our Lord Jesus came to serve not to be served. And God lifted Him up to glory, where He is seated now – in a seat of power.
Listen to the words of Jesus in Luke 14:8: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will ve to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
So if you have realised today that you are tired of trying to lift yourself up, it is time to realise that you are a servant of God, and the best position you can be is at His feet.