Devils and Demons | Up or Down
Pastor Ryan Story | Student Pastor
Imagine your life is a ladder. Which way do you choose to go? We live in a society that tells us to climb to the top. Be your boss. Be the very best that no one ever was. Never stop working toward getting to that next rung. We live in a world that puts emphasis on making something of yourself. We live in a world that says “make yourself successful” and become the master of your domain. That kind of mentality reminds me of someone:
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:12-14).
Those are the words that Satan says. The Book of Isaiah captures an insightful look into the persona of Satan. Filled with pride, conceitedness, and a longing for power, control, and authority. All Satan wanted to do was climb, climb, climb until he “ascended above the heights of the clouds.”
Now there is another person that the Bible does a fantastic job showing what they did with their “life ladder.”
Philippians 2:6-8 says, “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Jesus was at the very top of the ladder. He was sitting next to God during all of creation. He had holy box seats to watch everything that unfolded at the moment God said, “Let there be.” Because all of creation needed rescuing, what did Jesus do? He did not argue about His place; He did not argue about His authority, He did not claim “it is not fair.” He lowered Himself, again and again, and again. Jesus went from the Son of The Most High to washing feet. Went from being praised as “Holy, Holy, Holy” to being mocked and beaten. Jesus lowered Himself so we could have a chance. He lowered Himself so that we all might have a chance.
So I ask you, on the ladder of life which way are you going? Whose climbing style do you most resemble? Down, I hope?