“The way up is down.”
That sounds wrong. But God does things different than the world does, and when we come to see from God’s perspective, we are allowed to rethink what we call success. Some people say to get ahead in life you have to step on people and fight. God teaches us very different principles.
Read each of these verses below. There is something different about the thoughts of success and getting ahead when God is in the mix or when God gets holds of our heart.
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.
Success by God’s measure is about becoming like Jesus. He didn’t push His way forward. He served His way forward.
Luke 22:26 NLT
But 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.
To be great means to serve. It is not about the comfortable place. It is about serving others no matter the cost.
Mark 10:45 NLT
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Again, becoming like Jesus is to give our lives, our resources and even our desires to love others.
1 Peter 5:6 NLT
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Finally and most importantly, godly success is about allowing God to measure, to appoint, to honor or to give you a high and exalted place. To be exalted you are to humble yourself. To climb to the top you have to start at the bottom.
Far too many people in my generation and younger generations want things handed to them. They don’t want to work for what they have. Our parents and grandparents seemed to have known patience and a great work ethic. That is what we must learn. The people who do the best, the people who are the strongest are those who work hard, are humble and are willing to help others. That is a new view of success. That is God’s view of success. But that literally is how to go to the next level. It works. Let God show you!