Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
If we're Christians, then we should copy Christ, and we can't exclude His humility.*
Because without getting down on the floor, without realizing we know nothing, without emptying ourselves of ourselves, without surrendering our will to His, without copying His mighty meekness, we are huffs and puffs of odious wind.
'The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked' (1 John 2:6, NASB). 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me' (Matthew 16:24, NKJV).
'For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him' (John 13:15-16, NKJV).
Sadly our me-me-me generation neither exalts God nor copies Jesus.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Humility is a cool, new tune, compelling fans to listen closely... to a rap song praising someone else? To words without sensuality?
Your lifestyle (the way you look and act) is your first-impression calling card. If that part of you doesn't connect, then your words about Jesus won't work: not the invitation to your church, nor a handy, dandy Bible tract.
Surely, media seeks uniqueness: a person unlike any other. Well, humility isn't common. Putting others first is super-strange. Preferring service to stuff is weird. Respecting God and people is new.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If Jesus showcased humility while men showcased their grand achievements, follow the First and stun the second.
## Proverbs For Performers: Copying A King (Part 19)
* Previous 2-part devotion. Humility Precedes Success: http://careylewisdevotions.com/humility-precedes-success-part-1
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.