Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 26th, 2020
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Luke 18:14b (NIV)
The Humble Exalted
Most tourists to Canada visit our major cities. But let me take a minute to exalt some of the smaller, more humble cities. The capital of New Brunswick, Fredericton is known for its stately elm trees. The city has an endearing and cozy feel, yet it is home to a number of world-class institutions. There is plenty to keep visitors occupied: the museums, historical sites and riverside trails are well-loved, and the restaurants offer international cuisine. In addition, Fredericton plays host to many world-famous festivals.
In Tallinn, Estonia, there is a property filled with old Soviet-era statues. Busts of Stalin and other Soviet leaders are lying around disintegrating in this statue graveyard. It is a reminder of the collapse of the Soviet Union and how suddenly the former leaders fell into disfavour. This shouldn’t be surprising. Jesus said this in Luke 18:14b: “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” The Kingdom of God is built on those who humbly serve others in the name of Jesus. As I have pastored and travelled in ministry, I have met many who fit this description. They serve with abandonment and pour themselves into the lives of others, and they do that with humility. Those whom the world usually overlooks or tramples on, are the true heroes in the kingdom of God. And the day will come when they are honoured by the King of Kings and will take their proper place within the Kingdom of God. And the remains of the powerful will lie in ruins.
These have been words from the heart.