My family and workmates who know me best claim I am an extremely tenacious and persistent individual. Because of being focused on outcome, I am sometimes like a steamroller who goes to great lengths to get a job done. If there is a two-man job to be done and no one else is around to help, I will find a way to get it done by myself. This may sound very noble, but in reality it can overshadow any humility I need to display in my pursuit of being an exemplary Christian.
That is why I appreciate the writings of David Wilkerson who always seems to have a way of hitting me with the reality of God’s Word right between my eyes and sending me for a spiritual loop. His spiritual punches knock me to my senses like no other contemporary Christian writter of my time. Even though he passed away in 2011, I still am blessed by his devotional that is sent out regularly. The following is the one that was sent out today that convicted my innermost being:
Daily Devotional for February 22, 2019
The Price of Spiritual Authority
by David Wilkerson
Becoming the kind of servant who walks in God’s authority requires us to stand face to face with our conscience in the sight of our Father. When we stand before the Lord, we are driven to our knees in humility before his holy presence.
The apostle Paul describes the kind of servant upon whom such authority is bestowed: “[He has] renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully” (2 Corinthians 4:2).
Such a servant has been shut in with Jesus and has opened his heart to the dealings of the Holy Spirit. According to Paul, this servant’s constant prayer is: “Lord, show me my sinful motives, my unholy ambitions, any and all dishonesty or manipulation, and any hidden, deceitful attitude in my heart.”
I believe all believers want to walk in spiritual authority but it is important to realize that there is a price to be paid for such authority. One good question to ask yourself is: “Am I willing to take the lowest seat in the house? Am I content to stay away from the head table?” It is just a simple test, but it may reveal some important issues in your spirit.
In Luke 14, we see that Jesus was invited by a chief Pharisee to “eat bread” in his house along with other Pharisees. Verse 7 says that Jesus observed them choosing the best seats because of their pride and a need to be seen and recognized. The Lord sat down to eat and then he gave Israel’s top religious leaders this word of rebuke:
“When you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher”” (Luke 14:10).
We are to strive to “go up higher” into a place of righteous honor, a place of true spiritual authority. God needs every one of us in these last days and he wants us to draw near to him. In a very profound sense, I believe the task
of drawing near to Jesus is for all of us. In doing so, God will faithfully pour out his spiritual anointing.
So if you need to go lower to go higher, here are some more verses to help you hunger for humility:
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11 NLT)
The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12 ESV)
God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. (Matthew 5:5-6 NLT)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 NLT)
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5b ESV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. (1 Peter 5:6 ESV)
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6b ESV)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10 ESV)