Luke 14:11, NIV:  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

“What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!” This is man as seen through the eyes of Hamlet. This is man who was brought from dust, and received life with a breath. This is man who was given dominion over the earth. This is man—and the God of the universe lowered himself to become one. Isn’t it amazing how much effort is expended by humanity seeking to be exalted? Yet at our very best, and in all that we could aspire to be, we could not be as great as He who came down to us. Hamlet’s soliloquy is eloquent, but compare it with the soulful discourse of David. “LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away” (Psalm 144:3-4). Imagine if you would, that we would be like God. If instead of seeking to become great in the eyes of the world, we were to choose to become less, and to go to those who have nothing, or to those who in the world’s eyes would amount to nothing. We would desire to have nothing, and become nothing, so that others would learn what it means to have everything. Imagine man as that—desiring to be like God—what a piece of work is he indeed!