Going Low

Wendy Pope

Day: 20 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 14

Luke 14:11 (NIV) “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

I walked into the restroom of my hair salon after having my hair cut and styled. As I turned on the light my eyes were quickly drawn to stains in the sink and a ring in the toilet as well as the gross substance that forms around the base of the commode. My first instinct was to use the restroom in the restaurant next to the salon instead, but God had another plan. I sensed the Holy Spirt nudging me to clean the restroom.

Unable to move I argued with God. That job belongs to someone else. I can’t and don’t want to do this. I was frozen. Then I surrendered. Rather than simply following the regular routine of flush, wash and go, I used the few cleaning products available and paper towels to scrub the bathroom, ironically in the lowly position of my hands and knees. As I changed the bathroom, the Lord changed me.

Often we don’t realize when we’ve exalted ourselves until we are humbled. Such is the case with the dinner party at the home of the Pharisee mentioned in Luke 14. Among the guests were so-called experts in the law. These gentlemen had made it a lifestyle practice to elevate themselves above others because of their knowledge and keeping of the law. Jesus took the opportunity to teach these high ranking officials that going low (being humble) is the only way one will be raised up.

Being humbled isn’t something we often ask for, but humility is a trait that is necessary to shape our character to reflect our heavenly Father. In our day and age, making ourselves low is not a popular way to makes gains. To get ahead, the modern world suggests we demonstrate our skills, knowledge and successes. Yet in God’s economy going low takes us high and when we go high we lift Him higher. Let’s go low.

Prayer: Father, help me to be quickened to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. I want my heart to be teachable and willing to be shaped to be more like You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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