Saturday, August 18th, 2012
Positioning (Part 6: Low)
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 18:4 (NIV)
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed.
Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)
Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Matthew 21:5 (NKJV)
Who among us does not prefer the front of the line, the good position, or 'The best places at feasts' (Matthew 23:6)? Who among us does not enjoy popularity, 'Greetings in the marketplaces' (Matthew 23:7), or the receipt of honors and awards? Jesus, for One.
Who among us lives and believes these words--that 'Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted' (Matthew 23:12)? Jesus, for One.
Jesus told us to 'Go and sit down in the lowest place' (Luke 14:10). And so He did. He left His throne in Heaven to become a fetus, a baby, a boy, and a man on the war-torn planet called Earth. He chose to live as a Carpenter and not as a king. He befriended the outcasts and told us to do likewise.
We must try to measure down to His position, so we can measure up to His example. It's an impossible mission, but the effort will expand Him and shrink us; 'He must increase, but I must decrease' (John 3:30).
Hollywood would have us believe the opposite, while we fight for starring roles, red carpets, and award nominations. Don't be fooled. Keep a low position even when the world elevates you. Jesus did.
How? Choose the far parking place and the distant seat. When friends and fans greet you, greet them back. But make a point of standing with the humble; the lonely or unattractive will be elevated by your association with them.
Don't do business as usual in Hollywood. Be unusual by choosing a path of humility. Only then will you be promoted by God.
'He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly' (Luke 1:52).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Positioning series.