Galatians 6:3
“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
 
The most common method for going upwards is to go up. To go down, we would go in a downward direction. But actually the way up is down, and the way down is up. This is an analogous representation of the Scriptural principle of humility. Obviously the way up is to go up, but spiritually to go higher with God a person must go lower in themselves. It was as Jesus said, “He who seeks to gain his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake, shall gain it” (Matthew 10:39).
 
It’s the principle of humility, to have a low view of one’s importance. When we have a lower view of our own importance, we place those around us higher than ourselves. This enables the Christian to better serve one another, when they esteem others around them of more importance than themselves. This is a common and important theme all throughout the New Testament. Similar to when Paul told the saints in Philippi, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3).
 
When you begin to have an inflated view of your importance, then you lay a breeding ground for pride, jealousy, and malice. Do not let yourself become deceived. God is no respecter of persons, but looks at every Believer through His spilt blood of the Lamb. We should do the same and look at those around us as more important than our own selves. This will help us in serving one another and lifting others up in the faith.
 
This is an application of humility that must be present in the Christian life, looking at yourself as nothing, so that you can more highly esteem those around you.
 
60-1207 - “The Pergamean Church Age”
See, that's the difference. Somebody wants their name in some big something, but God's people wants to shun that kind of stuff. They don't want great big things, and great big something; they want to be humble, that humility. The way—the way up is down. "He that humbles himself shall be exalted; he that exalts himself shall be abased." Humbled himself. Don't try to be a big something; try to be a little something, but be what you are. See? Be little in the sight of God, be little in your own sight, everybody else is above you.
 
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Mark 8-9