James has been stressing the importance of resisting the devil and drawing near to God in an attitude of humility…
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4:10)
Wow, God’s timing is amazing! As I sit and write this on my computer, my son Alex is watching a recorded episode of Bibleman on TV. They just showed a verse from Luke’s Gospel that goes along with today’s text:
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
The show has titled this segment “Pulverizing the Plans of the Prince of Pride: An Adventure in Humility.” The Prince of Pride is a good designation for Satan, because pride was Lucifer’s sin. Pride is what led to God’s highest angel falling from Heaven. He wanted to be God!
Pride is at the root of all our sin. Every time we sin, we are saying (in essence), I want to be the General. I want to be the Commander-in-Chief. I want to take the place of God!
Luke’s verse was spoken by Jesus at the end of His parable of the Wedding Feast…
Now He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noticed how they chose the places of honour, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honour, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:7-11)
Consider the irony of the situation. Many of the angels rebelled against God and lost their prestigious place in Heaven. On the other hand, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:3 that believers will judge angels. When we are in Christ, we are raised to a position that is far greater than anything we could ever have attained for ourselves.
Today’s Good News is that those who humble themselves before God will be exalted by God.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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