“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
It is natural for us to want to be in places or positions of honor and importance. At an early age we sought to play a game such as “king of the hill”. The person who stayed on top of the mound without being pushed off was honored as the king. But it wasn’t long before someone stronger or a group effort was formed against us and we were pushed off our mountaintop.
Jesus taught a very valuable lesson as He spoke to a multitude of people seeking to hear Him. He spoke a parable about being invited to a wedding feast and not taking the seat of honor just in case someone else that was invited who was more important. He said it would shame a person to place themself in a place of honor when someone else deserves it. Instead He said sit at the lowest place and let the one who invited you place you at a higher place and then you will be honored by those you sit with.
Jesus spoke this parable to teach us about humility. When we seek to take honor to ourselves, we will always be humbled or humiliated. It is important for us to start off being humble and then let someone else exalt us.
Jesus was the perfect example of this. He deserved the highest place of honor but chose the lowest place and then God granted Him the highest place. Philippians 2:5-9 says, “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. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,”
We live in a world that values competition and success. While it’s good to strive to be the best at what we do it’s equally important to consider how we treat others in the process. We should seek to lift others before ourselves. Our actions reflect the condition of our heart and how we value others.
Lord, help me to be humble. Let me notice what others need and want before myself. Thank you for being lowly and setting the perfect example for me to follow.