Stepping Up or Stepping Down
No, not step aerobics, more a sort of spiritual exercise!
I was reading an article by Jill Briscoe this morning on the Philippians 2 passage on how Jesus stepped down from heaven, giving up his Kingship to humbly serve us: What a step! Jill’s message read something like this little song that came into my head
Want to be great?
Then learn to be small
Learn to step down
No ‘lording’ at all!
And that made me think about how the disciples so often seemed to squabble about who was the greatest amongst them, who would have the highest status when they got to heaven, who was top of the pile. And Jesus’s paradoxical statements in that context “Least is greatest”, “The first will be last”!
Even upon the sombre occasion of the Last Supper they were shamefacedly at it! In chapter 22 of Luke’s gospel, Jesus says firmly, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people……… among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.”
And as we were thinking last week about Beattie, and Glyn reminded us on Sunday, Jesus took a little child and demonstrated how we’re to be; encouraging us to learn to be small, not strive to be big, not always telling others what to do, bossing and ordering them around, but stepping down.
And on another couple of occasions, the disciples were very put out because people outside their in-crowd were casting out demons and ministering in Jesus’ name, and the disciples wanted to put a firm stop to it. But Jesus made it clear that we are not to be elitist, or think our gang is better than another, but to prefer one another as better than ourselves.
It don’t come easy but let’s keep practicing stepping down!