DOES JESUS MAKE YOU WANT TO BE LOWLY?

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DOES JESUS MAKE YOU WANT TO BE LOWLY?

Bet the topic for the day caught your eye didn’t it? In life, we are always fighting to be ‘numero uno’, ‘top dog’, ‘best of the best’; why? Because we know that nobody will pay attention to even the ‘best of the rest’. Yet, the more time you spend with Jesus, the more time you spend in our Father’s word, the more you realize that it really does not pay to be ‘top dog’. In fact, with Jesus, the lower you are, the more you put yourself in His care, the better things get for you. I’d bet, if Jesus had a favorite dance, it would be limbo, and His catchphrase would be, ‘How low can you go?’

“For though the Lord is high, yet has He respect to the lowly [bringing them into fellowship with Him]; but the proud and haughty He knows and recognizes [only] at a distance.” Psalm 138:6 [AMPC]

Indeed, when we examine the life of Jesus, when we look closely at the people He reached out to, they were predominantly the social outcasts. He healed the lepers, healed the woman with the discharge of blood, cast out demons, raised the dead and counselled adulterers. He certainly made a deliberate effort to associate Himself with the ceremonially unclean so that He could make them perfectly and comprehensively clean, as He so famously said,

“…Those who are strong and well have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick; I came not to call the righteous ones to repentance, but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).” Mark 2:17 [AMPC]

So beloved and friend, if you are coming from what to you is a lowly place today, because you think, you feel, you know even, that you have fallen from His desired perfection; then that is the perfect place to come from. Jesus does not despise you. He does not look down upon you. In fact, He looks down on the very ones who look down upon you. For He Himself said,

“All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].” John 6:37 [AMPC]

And why will Jesus not cast you out?

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” John 6:38-39

Because even our Father does not want to cast you out. So if you think you are in a lowly position right now, perfect. That is exactly where Jesus is looking right now and He is looking straight at you, and He wants to do this for you.

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.” Psalm 138:7 [ESV]
He will preserve your life, He will protect you from your enemies and deliver you from your dire situation.

But you think your situation is hopeless, you are dead, your relationship is dead, your career is dead, your finances are dead; well beloved, that is even better because this same verse is translated as,

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7 [AMPC]
You will be revived, you and all that you think is dead around you.

Now this is not some airy talk. Remember, Jesus literally raised three people from the dead. One was Jairus’ daughter, one was Lazarus and one was the son of the widow of Nain. In the first instance, He went when He was called. In the second instance, He waited awhile. And in the third instance, no one asked but He just resurrected the boy anyway, on account of His mother’s grief.

So what does this tell us about the person of Jesus? When you call, He surely hears. Sometimes He goes immediately. Sometimes He waits so that the miracle will be larger, the impact stronger, the joy even greater and more full. But in the end, Jesus always attends and He always delivers. And that was why David could say,

“When I called, you answered me,
you made me bold and strong.” Psalm 138:3 [CJB]

And this is not any ordinary boldness or strength. The words were specific in their reference and translated as this,

“In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.” Psalm 138:3 [AMPC]

When He answers your call, you will even have the strength to fight the inner most battles; and we know the war against ourselves, against our inner most wants and desires are always the most difficult to fight.

But you know what, beloved? Sometimes, you don’t even have to call. When Jesus looks at you, the look of anguish you have on your face is cry enough for Jesus to attend, just like it was for the widow of Nain.

“Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”” Luke 7:11-13

She was not a person of status. She was not a person of influence. It was not even recorded for us the degree of her grief. While we can safely assume that she must have been devastated by the loss of her only son, especially after losing her husband, there is no record of her weeping or wailing, only that she was a widow. Yet that was enough to move Jesus to compassion. So what more you?

But what if you are bold? What if you are strong? Jesus has got so many weak ones to take care of. Shouldn’t you do Him a favor by taking care of yourself?

Sounds logical doesn’t it? And in the natural, that would have been what the world will tell you. But not so for Jesus.

Now, first understand that Jesus does not want you weak. He wants you strong, He wants you whole, He wants you right before our Father. That is why He strengthens and emboldens you. But what He doesn’t want, is for you to be proud.

Ever been around a ‘know-it-all’? Especially a young and talented ‘know-it-all’. Infuriating isn’t it? Sounds very much like this.

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”” Matthew 19:16-20

Pompous little twit wasn’t he? But apart from his tone, what was his problem? That’s right, he would not allow anyone to do anything for him. He wanted to do it all himself. So in the same way, we need to realize that pride does not hurt Jesus the same way it hurts us. There is no ego at stake with Jesus. He’s God’s son. He is very emotionally secure in His position. But it hurts Him to see us struggle aimlessly, needlessly and pointlessly. If you have ever watched ducks climb stairs, you would understand that in the same way you would want to pick up the ducks and place them on the top step straight away, so does Jesus want to pick you up and place you on the top step straight away. He is not the mother duck at the top of the stairs waiting for us to struggle our way up. So why would you continue to struggle, relying on your own efforts?

Beloved, our Father has made Jesus greater than any other, greater than His own reputation even, as David said.

“I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your grace and truth;
for you have made your word [even] greater
than the whole of your reputation.” Psalm 138:2 [CJB]

When Jesus came to dwell amongst men in the form of man, it was said that

“…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

So the Word, the source of our Father’s grace and truth, The One who has been made greater than the whole of God’s reputation, He is saying to you now,

“…whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

So why would you struggle?

And my friend, if you too are tired of struggling, if you want to come under the out stretched hand of Jesus, if you want to let Him revive you and save you from your situation, then Jesus is saying to you right now,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

So if you would like to come, then say this to Jesus right now.

“Jesus, thank You for loving me so much that You would call out to me, even when, especially when I was a sinner. Thank You for dying on the cross, that by Your blood shed, I can receive full remission of all my sins; that by Your death, I can be free of sin’s dominion; and by Your rising, I too can rise into a new life in You. I know I am not able and I know I need not be able because You alone are able. So I entrust all things to You, knowing that You will revive and preserve me and my situation always. Amen.”

Beloved child of God, being lowly is not about giving up or settling for second best. It is about making a conscious decision to entrust everything that you cannot into the hands of The One who can and letting Him give you the best. Don’t struggle any longer. Let go and let God.

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