Scott Jones – Gilbert Campus Pastor
Earlier this month Donita and I took a trip to Colorado to see some friends. We took a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. If you’ve never been, put it on your bucket list. The base of the park is pretty high in elevation but nothing compared to where we went. We drove so far up we were at what they call “above the tree line.” It’s amazing to be at 13,000 feet and look out as far as the eye can see.
But then I noticed something that struck me. Nothing grows there. It’s too high. God designed the world in such a way that there is no growth at certain elevations. And as I started to ponder that I realized that this is true in the spiritual realm as well. If you get too high – if we elevate ourselves – there is no growth, no work of God there. This is how he designed it work in the spiritual realm.
God’s work is in the low places of humility and sacrifice.
To be a follower of Christ is live in the low places. But the reality is, we want to exalt ourselves. We want the high place. But our leader and Savior showed us the way, led the way and gave away everything that he was entitled to so that a work of God could be done in us.
The Biblical writer Paul describes this historical event to the church at Philippi this way:
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:1-8)
The two most powerful beings in heaven came to earth. Lucifer (Satan) was cast down against his will because of his pride. The Son came down willingly because of his humility.
Humility was born in heaven not on earth. It was that pivotal moment in time and space when God the Son chose to sacrifice all that was his and committed to a transformation into a human being that changed everything. The Eternal Son leaving heaven, coming to earth, becoming a man and offering his life produced the greatest work of God of all!
Jesus reminded his disciples, who like us, love the high place, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom.”
So if we want to experience the work of God in us that produces the greatest work of God through us, it begins with humility in the low place. God loves to work there. And he is inviting you and me to step down into that space and meet him.
Let’s leave the Rocky Mountain high in Colorado.