9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
There is something special about the way that the Bible talks about those in “lowly” positions.
We see Old Testament heroes exalted from lowly positions:
- Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers.
- Moses went from being the child of slave to the palace to a fugitive to the leader that God chose to free His people.
- Daniel and his friends were captured by an enemy army and forced to serve an enemy king.
- David went from tending sheep in his father’s field to leading the nation as a warrior king.
- Ruth went from scavenging grain in the fields of Boaz to being redeemed by the very same man.
- Esther went from the harem to the queen’s throne.
And, in the New Testament, we get the greatest surprise of all! Jesus went from the throne room of heaven, where He was worshiped 24/7, to a manger in Bethlehem and world that rejected Him. This same Jesus encouraged His followers to live as servants.
So, it’s not surprising that James tells the lowly brother to “boast (rejoice) in his exaltation.”
So many times, God uses that which the world considers foolish to confound the wise. The Christian life is one in which we are called to die to self and live for Christ. It is a life where we are told to daily take up our cross and follow Him. In other words, to be exalted we have to get low. We have to, as Bill Hybels put it so well so many years ago, descend to greatness.
What does descending to greatness look like in your life?
Are there some ways that over the past week, God has given you the privilege of getting low for Him? I’d love to hear about it. May you embrace the low life. For when you do, God will exalt you!