1. Â The LORD makes people great in the eyes of the world as He chooses:
Genesis 12:1-2: Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. Â And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
Genesis 39:2-3, 21, 23: The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. Â His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands . . . But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison . . . The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.
Exodus 7:1: And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh . . . .”
Joshua 3:7: The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. ”
Joshua 4:14: On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.
1 Samuel 2:6-8: The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. Â The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. Â He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. Â For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.
2 Samuel 7:8-9: Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. Â And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.”
Daniel 1:9: And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs . . . .
Psalm 75:6-7: For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.
Philippians 2:5-11: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Â And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Â Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2. Â The LORD doesn’t need you:
Psalm 135:6: Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
Isaiah 59:1: Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear
Acts 17:24-25: The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Matthew 3:9: God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.
3. Â The LORD grants all mercies, ministries, and positions in His Church as He sees fit:
Romans 9:15: I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
1 Corinthians 4:7: For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
Romans 12:3: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
2 Corinthians 4:1: Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
1 Corinthians 12:12, 18, 24, 28: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ . . . But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose . . . But God has so composed the body . . . And God has appointed in the church . . . .
4. Â The LORD delights in and lifts up the humble:
Psalm 147:6: The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
Isaiah 57:15: For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: Â “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
1 Peter 5:5: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Matthew 18:4: Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:11-12: The greatest among you shall be your servant. Â Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Mark 9:35: If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.
5. Â Therefore . . .
a. Â Consider all other preachers (and people!) better than yourself:
Philippians 2:3: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
b. Â Seek the LORD to build your ministry or it is vanity:
Psalm 127:1: Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Â Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
c. Â And forget about yourself and exult in the glory, beauty, and satisfaction of Christ alone!
Philippians 3:7-11: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Â Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Â For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
CHRIST IS ALL!