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“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

– Matthew 23:11,12

Did you know that if you invest in God, and invest in people, it pays out dividends? This is sound advice taught by Jesus, whether you’re a person of faith or not. He tells us that those who are humble will be exalted, and those who exalt themselves will be humbled. Around the globe, you can study simply by observing the principle that people who humble themselves are exalted, both in this life and in the next.

Part of living a humble life is the importance of becoming the kind of person who frees their minds from comparing themselves to other people. It’s about removing yourself from social circles where everyone talks about all the great things they’re doing. Let’s not cripple ourselves financially by owning things to impress other people, rather than just wanting them for ourselves. There are so many traps that come when we are always exalting ourselves before people. Do you notice even when we do impress those people, that need to be elevated above others is not really met? If you want to be lifted up, just encourage,  help, and comfort other people. 

Friend, very often a truly successful life, whether you’re talking about things as worldly as business or academia, or you’re talking about the spiritual life, real success comes when we humble ourselves. God honors us when we come to life with an empty cup, not a full cup. When you come with open hands you begin to store up for yourself a gigantic bank of goodwill in the Kingdom of Heaven that will pay out in dividends in your life.

Prayer


Father, help me to have a humble heart. Show me how to remain humble.

Reflection


How do you lift up and comfort others? Have you presented yourself with open hands before God?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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