Humility Always Precede Honour
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
You may never be called to do a work which will bring you before the
public. But all the work we do that is necessary to be done, be it washing
dishes, setting tables, waiting upon the sick, cooking, or washing, is of moral
importance; and until you can cheerfully and happily take up these duties you
are not fitted for greater and higher duties. The humble tasks before us are to
be taken up by someone; and those who do them should feel that they are
doing a necessary and honorable work, and that in their mission, humble
though it may be, they are doing the work of God just as surely as was Gabriel
when sent to the prophets….
Whether we shall have a higher position or a lower position, will not be
determined by our rank, wealth, or education, but by the character of the
obedience rendered to the word of God. Those who have been actuated by
selfishness and human ambition, who have been striving to be greatest, who
have been self-important, who have felt above confessing mistakes and errors,
will have no place in the kingdom of God. Whether men will be honored as
members of the royal family of God, will be determined by the manner in
which they bear the test and proving of God that is brought to bear upon them
in this life. Those who have not been self-denying, who have not… manifested
forbearance and meekness in this life, will not be changed when Christ
Pride, ignorance, and folly are constant companions. The Lord is
displeased with the pride manifested among His professed people.
That which is highly exalted among men, and brings exaltation to its
possessor, such as caste, rank, position, or wealth, is not esteemed in the
spiritual kingdom. The Lord says, “them that honour Me, I will honour” [1
Sam. 2:30]. In Christ’s kingdom men are distinguished according to their
Man may lift himself up in pride and boast of his power, but in an instant
God can bring him to nothingness…. Every man through whom God works
will have to learn that the Living, Ever-Present, Ever-Acting God is Supreme….
To fill a high place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who… takes a
lowly place before God. The most childlike disciple is the most efficient in
labor for God. The heavenly intelligences can cooperate with him who is
seeking, not to exalt self, but to save souls….
As it is written: “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God
resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” 1 Pet. 5:5.