I will pick up from where we stopped yesterday- looking at the practical steps to greatness.
6. Make yourself of no reputation (Phil 2:7)- You cannot keep your reputation and make another person great. Make yourself of no reputation. If Jesus was concerned that they called Him servant and not God, he would not have made the Father great. Stop wearing your reputation like a cap on your head; you have to lay it aside. For Jesus to come to the earth, He laid aside His glory as the Son of God and He came as man so that the Father can be glorified. The Father in turn has given Him a name that is above every other name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Don’t expose yourself, wait to be discovered.
7. Humble yourself (Phil 2:8a)- Humility is something that we are capable of. Two things we are capable of doing: we are capable of lifting ourselves up; we are capable of humbling ourselves. The capacity to be proud is in the heart of every man and you must stop that capacity. The devil is the king of pride, which was what demoted him. Pride is not a way of walking, it is a way of thinking; thinking of your importance, overestimating and overrating it. Humility is a way of thinking; thinking according to soberness, according to God’s grace that you have enjoyed. So humble yourself everywhere. Don’t push yourself forward. That doesn’t mean you deny who you are because there is a difference between humility and humiliation. God does not say we should humiliate ourselves, only that we humble ourselves.
PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from every form of pride, I humble myself under your making handle in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, 1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Psalm 119:49-64, Proverbs 28:12-13