A great paradox in life is the statement, “the way down is up and the way up is down.” Too often in today’s self-centered, self-promoting society people are looking to be one up on someone else. However, in one’s quest to rise to the top in popularity or success it’s easy to become self-reliant and prideful. That is why the scripture say’s “pride comes before a fall.”
In God’s economy, the way up is down. When we walk humbly before God as obedient and faithful servants God will always reward us. His timing or His ways may be different from what we would choose however, when God elevates us, his place of honor and promotion is far greater than anything we could do for ourselves. As believers, God has called us to lift up the name of Jesus in every area of our lives. As we humble ourselves and rely upon the mighty power of God in our lives, God will elevate us so that we can illuminate him.
Father, thank you for your promises and the power of your word. Today, I submit to your authority in my life and confess that I cannot be successful apart from you. Help me to demonstrate Christ-like humility in all my ways so that people will see you in everything I do. May whatever success you choose to bless me with be a stage to point people to Jesus and to glorify His name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.