The world most of us are in is one of relentless self-promotion. We fight for the spotlight looking for 15 minutes of fame using sharp elbows to clear the way to be exalted. But this is not the way to be exalted in the upside-down kingdom of God. Our Lord asks us to clothe ourselves – all of us! – with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
With this message, Pastor Rob closes the series One Another with the command to humble ourselves. It’s not a suggestion or a hope. It’s a command, and of course one for our own benefit. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you…” The way to true exultation is to think about one another more, and about ourselves less. On your own, of course, that recognition and responsibility are impossible. But with the Holy Spirit guiding you, you can listen, and seek the Lord’s face in repentance.