SPRINGFIELD, MO. Recently I awakened with Luke 14:11 on my mind:
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted" (NIV). Although Ive read these words
of Jesus many times, this particular morning they brought added meaning
The Lord spoke to my heart that some have twisted the meaning of the
verse to say, "Humble yourself so you can be exalted." Or,
"If you want to be exalted, become humble." Some have clothed
themselves in false humility, hoping to earn an earthly promotion. Theyre
in pursuit of exaltation rather than humility. And their quest is to
climb the ladder of recognition and success, rather than to emulate
Exaltation and honor are aftereffects of humility, but they shouldnt
be our objective. The person walking in Christlike humility already
has rewards that are promised in Scripture:
"He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them
his way" (Psalm 25:9).
"He crowns the humble with salvation" (Psalm 149:4).
"With humility comes wisdom" (Proverbs 11:2).
First Peter 5:5,6 says, "God opposes the proud but gives grace
to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty
hand, that he may lift you up in due time." The Lord simply asks
that we submit our lives to His care, that we submit our future to His
timing, and that we direct the glory and accolades to Him.
Then we can know we are pleasing in His sight. "This is the one
I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my
word" (Isaiah 66:2).
This issue of the Pentecostal Evangel is the start of a three-issue
emphasis on the family. As you read these special editions, pray that
young people will reject the worlds idols and empty promises and
follow Jesus Christ. And ask the Lord to help you live in such a way
that your children will learn the merits of humility and servanthood
by following you.