Surprisingly, you’ll find the Biblical principles of Godly gain, spiritual gifting/blessing, grace, exaltation, promotion, all things we would hold to be “worth attaining to” are found and available through methods the natural mind wouldn’t expect.
Now to accurately preface this devotion, I’m not speaking of the modern ideals of “Christianity” that seek specifically for monetary, personal gain motivated in pure selfishness… I’m referring to the truest sense of Biblical promotion: When GOD raises us up!
In short, we are going to see the 3 main unconventional principles for “Godly gain”
1.) If You Want to Save, You Have to Lose:
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” -Luke 9:23-25
2.) Humbled to be Exalted
“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” -Luke 14:11 -Matthew 23:12
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” -James 4:6
3.) To Be First, You Must Be Last.
“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” -Matthew 20:16
Wether or not these principles make sense to us regarding this logic, the Bible is absolutely clear: “His ways are HIGHER than our ways… His thoughts are HIGHER than our thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-13) Also, “The wisdom of the world is foolishness unto God.” (1 Corinthians 3:19) So whether we think this makes sense, or not, we know that we can trust God and His Word! He is so much smarter than we can or ever will be.
As Christians, we always start in the low seat. (Luke 14:10) We, like Christ, have been called to be servants. Matthew 20:27-28.
So really you can summarize this by saying, “Those who chase a crown, will never find it. Those who are not chasing it, the crown chases them.” True Biblical promotion will be motivated in humility and selflessness. God desires to reward His humble and obedient!
Today let’s choose not to pursue our own personal desires, but rather let us be so consumed with Jesus that nothing else matters. It’s to them whom God pours out upon!
“Lord help me to be humble and keep my eyes completely on You. I thank You for your continued love and patience and teaching me Your ways.”