As a parent of toddlers, the more they grow, the more you feel the need to go to the chiropractor. Your back hurts. Your neck hurts. It's hard to get comfortable in bed at night.
Why? Because all day long, you find yourself being asked to lift little ones up.
That's one of the first words our girls learned. They look up at you with big eyes and outstretched arms and say simply, "Up. Up."
And if you've ever crawled much recently, you can see why. When you're used to seeing the world from 6 feet or 5 feet or 5½ feet, it's no wonder they want to be lifted up.
And adults are the same way. We all want to be lifted up.
Not just physically-most of us want to be taller. We want to stand out in a crowd. We want to look down, not up when we talk to people.
But socially-we want to be looked up to. You want to be the trendsetter, not the follower. The life of the party, not the wallflower.
Economically-we want to be in a higher income bracket. We want people to respect us for our car, our clothes, our neighborhood, our status symbols.
But in God's economy things are often in reverse. Christianity has been called the Upside Down Kingdom.
To be first, you have to be last.
To be great, you have to be least.
To be a leader, you must be a servant.
And the same is true of being lifted up. So how can we be lifted up? It requires being humble-being willing to go down.
James 4:10 says, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
Do you want God to lift you up? Do you want to excel in His Kingdom? Then humble yourself.
Solomon shows us two areas where we need to humble ourselves?