The Way Up is Down
Perhaps the greatest example of this principle comes from Jesus Christ Himself. He who was “in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:6-11).
The world teaches us that we live in a dog-eat-dog world, and if we want to advance we need to fight for our rights, prove ourselves, and step on the competition if necessary. But Psalm 75:67 tells us that “promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” If we want to be promoted, it would be wise to heed the advice of the one who gives promotions:
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 14:11, NKJV
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth
Matt. 5:5, NKJV
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up
James 4:10, NKJV
A man’s pride [arrogance] will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honour
Prov. 29:23, NKJV
For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends
2 Cor. 10:18, NKJV