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The Way Up Is Down

Key Verse

“For whosoever exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11).

Text — Luke 14:7-11


Though the world celebrates self-exaltation, in the kingdom of Christ the way up is down. To be the greatest you must become the least, and to be a leader you must serve. In today’s text, Christ taught His audience a classic lesson on humility. Having observed their haughty attitude in choosing seats at the gathering, he denounced their pride and told them to always choose lower seats when on an invitation to ceremonies to avoid humiliation when more honourable guests come in.

Christ remains our all-time perfect model on practical demonstration of humility. On the night of the betrayal, while at supper with His disciples He removed his garment, poured water into a basin and washed the feet of His disciples. He was their Lord and Master, yet He did that to show them the need for humility in their interpersonal relationship. As Christians, we must be willing to serve others instead of expecting others to serve us. Our successes or accomplishments are by God’s grace. Never look down on others who may be less privileged.


To be a leader you must serve


Christ washed the feet of His disciples.

Prayer for today

Help me Lord to wash the feet of saints.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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