The Lowest Place
“Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you” (Hosea 4.4 NLT).
It seems that everyone wants to be a leader. People are vying to have a position of power and are compromising Jesus’ standard of “taking the lowest place” (Luke 14.10). The sad part is that Christians have totally bought into the race to be counted first. We are purchasing apps to falsely boost our Twitter numbers, spending hours on social media to gather comments and researching the latest marketing fads in order to get our name known. And we forget that John the Baptist preached in the wilderness–without using a marketing plan–and still the crowds came to him. To be certain, there was a time when he preached and no one came, but God unleashed his platform at the appropriated time. Christian must be careful during their desperate leap to be first. God has continually demonstrated in the Scriptures that He will hold the leaders accountable. God gives us a realm of influence when He can trust us to lead people into a real relationship with Him. God will make sure that we are not under the yoke of self-righteousness or a religious spirit; rather, we are humbly chasing after His heart, relying not on our perfection but His faithfulness. If we are having to coerce an audience, demanding their attention, it might not be our appointed time or designated place of influence. Instead, we can serves others, choosing the lowest place, and God will honor us with a position of influence when the time is right.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5.6 NIV).