“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross,” Philippians 2:5–8.
We see that even the Son of God who had all the fullness of the God head within him, always took on the form of a servant and became obedient unto His death.
He of course, is our greatest example of servant-hood. When we take on the humility of the Son of God, in time he will exalt us. We see the Son of God before Pilate as he remained silent, even though He was the King of kings. There is great strength in knowing who you are in Him. You don’t need to prove who you are, because you are accepted for who you are as a child of the King.
God despises a proud and arrogant heart. But He looks with favor upon those who are humble in heart. He chose the young shepherd boy from the fields instead of a man who stood head and shoulders above the rest. To be humble doesn’t mean to be weak; actually just the opposite is true.
We are told not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. Each of us has a place in the kingdom. We each have our own territory or mission to fulfill, and we would be wise not to go beyond that. But it’s also true that as we are faithful in the little things, then in time, He will give us more responsibility and will extend our borders.
“Do not despise these small beginnings,” Zechariah 4:10.
In this era of people building their own kingdoms, we need to not lose sight of who we are, and not to measure ourselves by others that we think are more charismatic, or gifted in a different way than we are.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise, 2 Corinthians 10:12.
We were each created for a purpose, and there is no one like us anywhere else upon this earth. None of us should try to be like someone else. This would be like a clay vessel that was fashioned a certain way by an artist, but in time, this piece of pottery decided that it didn’t want to have a curved top or edge. It would rather have a long slender body like the ones that they use in other parts of the market place.
Obviously a piece of pottery doesn’t have a mind or a soul, but the analogy is important here in understanding the comparison to us as vessels each made by the Master’s hand.
Nothing will ever be accomplished effectively by a man or woman of God that is proud and arrogant. Those that attempt to manipulate or control others by a haughty spirit will in the end find themselves alone and bitter. Let us choose instead to be like the King of kings that chose rather to be a servant than to be waited upon by the masses.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?