“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)
Down is up in the kingdom of God. Jesus said it himself, “He who humbles himself will be exalted.” It makes me wonder why I still seem so hell-bent on climbing; on trying to exalt myself, rather than embracing the call of Jesus to downward mobility.
The warning is clear. Jesus doesn’t say, “Those who exalt themselves run the risk of being humbled.” And he doesn’t say, “Those who exalt themselves sometimes get humbled.” He says, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled.” Did you hear that? Everyone. Not just most, or some, or the majority of, but everyone. Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled. No might or can or probably to it; he will be.
It seems to me, we can either humble ourselves, or it can be done for us. The choice is ours.
Lord Jesus, you will get us to humility somehow, it is up to us exactly how we want that to happen. Help us to accept your call downward, O Lord, for when we do, we will find you there. Amen.