“The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Reference: Matthew 23:11-12 )
I do not know if it is true for you beloved, but I feel like my generation ingrained and indoctrinated with this type of thinking. And I find it hard to imagine there was every a time or a generation that did not know these type of biblical truths. The historic Anabaptist believer Soetgen van den Houte wrote of it to her children – “My most beloved [children], wherever you be esteem yourselves as the least, and be not wise in your own conceit, but always suffer yourselves to be instructed by those who are above you, and always be silent when others speak. Humble yourself beneath all men; for whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; but he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” And I know my parent’s generation knew it because that is who taught it to us. And there parents must have for who else would have taught them? But at some point there must have been a generation to who this was knew, for why else would have Christ spoke of it and taught it?
Those generations who practice it however . . . well, sometimes it does not seem to be put into practice.
May you beloved humble yourself, not looking to be exalted but to follow Christ’s example of humility. Selah!