Down, Lower Down!
“[Jesus said:] “Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:4 NIV)
The disciples had been disputing who would be the greatest in the Kingdom, and had agreed to ask the Master. [Jesus] set a child in their midst, and said, “Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”...
Brothers and sisters, here is the path to the higher life. Down, lower down! This was what Jesus always said to the disciples who were thinking of being great in the Kingdom, and of sitting on His right hand and His left. Seek not, ask not for exaltation; that is God’s work. See to it that you abase and humble yourselves, and take no place before God or man but that of servant. That is your work, and let that also be your one purpose and prayer. God is faithful. Just as water always seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds men abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless. He that humbles himself—that must be our one care—will be exalted; that is God’s care. By his mighty power and in His great love he will do it…
Jesus, the meek and lowly One, calls us to learn from Him the path to God. Let us study the words we have been reading, until our heart is filled with the thought: My one need is humility. And let us believe that what He shows, He gives; what He is, He imparts. As the meek and lowly One, He will come in and dwell in the longing heart.
-Andrew Murray (excerpted and adapted from Humility)
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." (1 Peter 5:6)
Read Matthew 18:1-5.