At the end of an old year , looking down the fresh opportunity of a new year , what does the Bible say on promotion in the kingdom of God.
God initiates His promotion in our lives. Psalm 75:6-7"For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the judge He puts down one, and exalts another."It is God alone who promotes whom He chooses to promote ,(not men).
Secondly God promotes people who rejoice in another person's advancements , Matthew 20 :20-28 Jesus talks about greatness is found in a servant heart : ''JUST AS THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE, AND TO GIVE HIS LIFE A RANSOM FOR MANY."
Sadly one of the uncommon traits in our Australian culture is to be genuinely excited for other people's success. Jesus help us to not be bound to a fleshly , carnal response when those around us succeed , help us all to celebrate great things achieved for the kingdom of God.
God's promotion comes when our character can stand up where our gifting takes us ! Never let your gift take you where your character cannot keep you. Jesus often may allow delays in our lives to make sure we have the capacity in our emotions, mind, and spirit to handle the responsibilities that God gives to us . SELAH on this in your own life !!!!!
Finally today promotion from God is not more prestige , actually it is more crucifixions to self:MATTHEW 16:24-26"THEN JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, 'IF ANYONE DESIRES TO COME AFTER ME, LET THEM DENY THEMSELVES ,TAKE UP THEIR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. FOR WHOEVER DESIRES TO SAVE THEIR LIVES WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER LOSES THEIR LIVES FOR MY SAKE WILL FIND IT. FOR WHAT PROFIT IS IT TO A MAN IF THEY GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE THEIR OWN SOUL.OR WHAT WILL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR SOULS." It is Gods who exalts and God who humbles.