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Everyone Who Exalts Himself

July 11, 2019


Everyone Who Exalts Himself

At the grocery store was an obviously prominent woman  pushing her full cart.     Turning her head away,  she pushed her cart ahead,  worming her way  into line,  going ahead  of a working class man,  who was supposed  to be ahead  of her  in line.     He said nothing.

It was obvious  that she felt superior,  assuming that it was her privilege  to be able to cut into line.     The arrogance  of human nature  has not changed over the years.     Jesus tells  of a similar situation  in Luke 14:7-11,

And He began speaking a parable  to the invited guests  when He noticed how they had been picking out  the places of honor  at the table; saying to them,

“When you are invited  by someone  to a wedding feast,  do not take the place of honor,  lest someone more distinguished  than you  may have been invited by him,  and he who invited you both  shall come  and say  to you,  ‘Give place  to this man’,  and then  in disgrace  you proceed  to occupy the last place.

“But when you are invited,  go and recline  at the last place,  so that when the one  who has invited you comes,  he may say  to you,  ‘Friend,  move up higher’;  then you will have honor  in the sight of all  who are at the table  with you.

“For  everyone  who exalts himself  shall be humbled,  and he who humbles himself  shall be exalted.”

True humbleness is not dejectedly putting ourselves down  to be everyone’s doormat.     But,  it is realizing  who we actually are  in Christ’s eyes.     We are definitely beloved  by God Almighty.     But,  in the same breath,  we are sinners  in need of daily repentance  and forgiveness.     As forgiven children  of God,  we need  to serve our Lord  in whatever capacity  He has given us.     Nobody is supposed  to be lording it  over others,  assuming they are superior  in any way,  shape,  manner,  or form.     We are God’s servants,  who are to be doing  His bidding — as those who have been redeemed  from sin.

As redeemed sinners,  we do not think too highly  of ourselves,  but  we are simply happy  to be able  to eat at the King’s table.     Celebrating our King’s honor,  we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for wanting us  to eat with You  at Your feast.     Your grace  is an honor  that makes us glad.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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