I have another paradox. This is the one of the toughest one for me. I like to lead. I quickly become frustrated or disengaged if the person leading is not a good leader or their path does not align with what I think. And this can creep into my relationship with God. Much like Abraham I think I can forge the path to the goal, but we are to be humble. For me, I need to keep His greatness at the forefront of my thinking to ensure I don’t get too full of myself.
Exalted through humility (James 4:10 Matthew 23:8-12, 25:21 & 23)
This goes along with the paradox of first shall be last. The advice is to not seek honour and recognition, but follow the Lord, do as He asks and let Him bring honour to you. If you wish to be great, be a servant. If you exalt yourself you will be painfully humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted. Think about all those folks who seek fame and recognition. Most people find those who do anything for fame rather shallow and untrustworthy.
God lays out the better way. The way by which we can have friends and when we can handle it, recognition. I think when you find a place in your Christian walk that you see God for who He truly is, your heart and mind are humbled. It is then that the Lord can work through you achieving great things, and while the world may try to glorify your success, you will direct the glory to God. He will then exalt you! He will say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”
Remember, ultimately we will reign. We will be placed in a position of power and authority. I wonder if the degree to which we humble ourselves before the Lord in this life determines the responsibilities and position we receive in our eternal life. I think those who seem least in this life will be the great leaders of our next life. Which would you rather: 40-50 years of greatness in this mortal life or an eternity of greatness in the next?
What do you think the future will be like? Who do you see at the great ones?
Share your thoughts!