Monday, July 16, 2018

Matthew 23:12

Have you ever seen the last place team, jump up and beat the previously undefeated, first place squad?  How could that happen?

In Matthew’s gospel at chapter 23 and verse 12, Jesus is recorded as saying, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  That happens a lot in competition.

Many times we see a team strut onto the floor, exalting themselves and believing themselves to be invincible.  How quickly they can fall, often to teams with inferior talent.  They are those who exalt themselves and are humbled.

Other teams have an honest estimate of their strengths and weaknesses.  They are conscious of their abilities and those things they should not attempt.  They approach the game with respect for opponents and quiet confidence in their teammates and coaches.  These are the humble who are consequently exalted.

In this contest, have an attitude of quiet confidence.  Know fully your team’s strengths and weaknesses.  Have an honest estimate of your abilities and a healthy respect for your opponents.  If you will humble yourselves, it’s God’s job to exalt you, to lift you up at the appropriate time.  Trust Him deeply and play with all your heart.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 10:38-42
Psalms 141
II Chronicles 8-9