Do you want to stand out?  Then step down. Be a servant.  If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you, but if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty”  (Matthew 23:11 The Message)

I’ve preached many a sermon on the three levels of power that motivate, move and miraculously magnify the light of the Glory of God in our lives.  First, there is the resurrection power that brings life out of death and raises man’s eyes to gaze upward toward the heavens. Second, there is the ascension power that captures and captivates man’s mind to think on heavenly things.  Third, there is the dominion power that creates courage in a man’s heart and he is invited to sit with Christ in heavenly places as more than a conqueror.   However, between the beat of man’s heart being born again and the blessing of rising in the ascension power there is a secret and the secret is found in the word servanthood!   Before our Lord rose in ascension power there was a manifestation of the resurrection power that took Him down before it took Him up.   He rose from the dead in power only to descend to the depths of death and hell.

He stepped down from His home in Glory.   He placed His feet on the darkness of the earth. He stepped down to become a man.  He took the form of sinful man.   He stepped down to become the crucified lamb, He became sin for man.  He stepped down to conquer death, hell and the grave.  He plunged the depths of man’s sin and overcame man’s hell.  

Stepping down as an attribute of servanthood is not seen just in what Jesus did, it was seen in who He was.  Secure in the knowledge of His Father’s love stepping down did not depreciate who He was; it empowered Him to fulfill His Father’s will.

The Psalmist said the same thing only he said it this way; “I delight to do Your will, O my God…” (Psalm 40:8)  The word delight basically means to have pleasure.   Being a servant is more than doing or acting, it’s who we have become, and it is the liberating power of God and with it comes great pleasure!

Today keep this saying in mind; Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses.”  (Anonymous)

Further Readings:  Matthew 23; Psalm 40