“For whosoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.” – Luke 14:11
There is a saying that, “The way up is down.” There is no way to get to the top of the ladder without starting from the very bottom. God wants us to humble ourselves before Him, no matter our social standing.
Naturally, every human being born of a woman has a very humble beginning; in that, we are born as tiny helpless babies who struggle for months to be able to stand on our own feet. God made us that way so that we understand that we need to be humble no matter who we are.
Jesus Christ who is our perfect example is said to have been highly exalted and given a name which is above every name; but before His exaltation, it is said of Him that, “… He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” – Philippians2:5-11.
It is also said of Jesus Christ that He ascended up on high; but before He ascended, He first descended to the lower parts of the earth.- Ephesians 4:8-10. If this is the way the Master went, must not His servant go the same way?
I have been baking bread for some time now, and one practical lesson God has taught me is that, it is the fire in the oven that causes the bread to expand to the maximum size and maintain its taste and aroma. If the bread bloats or swells beyond measure, and is put into the oven, it falls down in the baking pan and looses its taste and attractiveness.
If God should exalt you, then you will be exalted indeed. The way up indeed is down. Help us O Lord, to humble ourselves under your mighty hand, so that you lift us up in due time. Amen.