Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Ephesians 4: 9-10
9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
No man has walked the face of the earth as perfectly as Jesus Christ did. Jesus is the one to whom God said, “this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). He started from the bottom of bottoms and rose to the top of tops. Today, over 2000 years later, 2.2 billion people have come to know him and to accept him as their Lord and savior. He is the perfect model for a life of ultimate success. But how did He get there? What cue can you and I take from the life of Christ?
I don’t know about your theology, but in mine, I believe that God has manifested Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Spirit. The scripture in Philippians2:5 clearly states that Jesus was in the form of God. Jesus was himself God, yet on finding himself in the form of an ordinary man, we are not told in scriptures that he began to proclaim himself as God, or to tell people stories about how powerful He is. Rather, the bible records that Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient (to God) unto death. Because of Jesus’ humility and His faithfulness to a position of such great “under-utilisation”, the Bible tells us that the same Jesus has been given a name that is higher than every name (that has ever been or will ever be) so that at the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus became Lord by humbling himself when He found himself in the form of a mere man. True to God’s word, the name of Jesus has proven so great that it is able to cast out devils and to turn all manner of ugly situations around. From Jesus’ life we learn the ultimate principle for promotion as being that if we will only humble ourselves, God can move us from a place of ordinariness to the place of commanding great hosts.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and personal saviour, you must know that you are now God’s. It is God who now determines your will, functions and purposes wherever you find yourself. Sometimes, a certain gift may be necessary, other times it may not be necessary. God is the giver of all the talents and gifts we have, and He will always employ them as He deems fit. We shouldn’t be afraid that our talents will die. Your talent is yours. You just need to focus on the leading of the Holy Spirit at every point in time. The Holy Spirit is the one who will mark the script of your life when its all done, so why not just follow His leading? Can you mark your own script? Do you even know how to make a script?
I’m not asking us here to be complacent, I’m asking that we learn to live for Christ and to trust in His plan for our lives. Had Jesus not trusted the Father’s will for his life, he would never have humbled himself. Please note that trusting God’s plan has nothing to do with lazying around. God is constantly moving and that’s why we can follow Him. You don’t follow a stationary man, you can only say that you are following someone when the person is moving. It is not a lazy thing to follow God. We will be busy, we will work hard because He will commit things into our hands. With God, there is always a new level, a new height and a new vision. But when we find that God leads us to the place of less, we must be mature enough to allow Him to work in us and through us that which he deems fit. If we refuse to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hands in the place of little assignments, there is a high probability that we will miss out on our time of exaltation.
The other thing we must be careful of is our attitude in the place of little. If God ever gives you a chance to be faithful in little, it is because he wants to commit more to your hands (Luke 16:10). So your attitude to the little you are given, will determine whether you will be allocated greater things. We should not allow ourselves become experts in complaining, murmuring or bitterness. Instead we must resolve to give ourselves wholly to that which has been committed to us and do it as unto the Lord.
Joseph was first in charge of Potiphar’s household, before he became in charge of the city of Egypt. It might appear as though the two events were totally disjointed, but a closer look at scriptures reveal that being the head of Potiphar’s house was Joseph’s place of little and becoming the head of Pharaoh’s country and subsequently the entire world, was Joseph’s place of much. The bible says in Luke 16:10: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much”. You may think that Pharaoh had no clue of Joseph’s work in Potiphar’s house before promoting him to the position of prime minister. But hey! God knew! Joseph conducted himself in Potiphar’s house as unto God. He did his work with the fear of God. God knew his job history in the place of little and God chose to promote Him to the place of much. No human being around Joseph knew that the treasures of great wisdom to rule the entire world was placed in the ordinary servant Joseph, but God knew and God promoted Him. The bible says, in Psalm 75: 6-7 “For promotion comes not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.” Promotion is God’s duty and he knows how to promote his faithful children on time. You ought to trust that God knows what he has put inside of you and he is also aware of where you are.
So when you find yourself in your place of little, in that place of insignificance and seeming “under-utilisation”, let your response not be to grumble; to be rude; to point out how everyone else is bad at their job; or to tell everyone how much of a big shot you used to be. Just keep quiet and work hard. Do that which has been committed to your hands, to the best of your ability. In your faithfulness, God will promote you to the level where the treasure He has placed in you will be utilised to its fullest capacity. Do your little, greatly well.