‘For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’
Take every opportunity to promote yourself before and above others. Seize occasions for recognition and manipulate your way into the center of attention. According to the world, this is the proper way to attain high esteem.
But according to God’s design, you must put others first. Humble yourself. It’s when God sees your humility that He will exalt you.
If we put our efforts into promoting ourselves, we will be brought down and humiliated. Jesus spoke of a man who tried to enhance his own image (Luke 14:7-11). While attending a dinner, he quickly claimed the seat of most honor. When the host saw this take place, he humiliated the man by asking him to move to another seat, the lowest seat in the room.
Jesus said the wise thing to do is seek the lowest position and allow someone else to exalt you when they feel that you need to be recognized.
When we strive to remain humble, we bring glory to God and not ourselves. If we honor God, He will honor us. When the world exalts you, you are the center of attention. But when God exalts you, others will praise Him for what He has done in your life.
Allow God to be the One who honors you in the way that pleases Him!
Lord, please keep me humble. I ask You to remove all pride from my heart. May Your Holy Spirit transform me and change me.