Luke 14:11- “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” NASB
In this passage, Jesus was using a parable to address the guests and noticed that they were picking out places of honor for themselves. He used the occasion to bring to light the fatal flaw in that tendency and thinking. Sadly, many today are so driven to be recognized and esteemed that they exalt themselves.
Jesus reminded His audience of this truth by using the illustration of the guests being invited to a wedding feast. He warned them not to take the place of honor because someone more distinguished and recognized than they might arrive, and the host would embarrass them by asking them to move down to a lesser position.
The result would be such embarrassment that they would assume the lowest position in shame. Public humiliation and self-pity would be the by-products of this. He suggested that when invited, go, and recline at the lowest place and the host would come and ask them to move it and the result would be recognition by everyone in the room rather than embarrassment and shame.
Jesus told them in verse 11 – Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and that is painful. I know I have tasted it. He went on to declare that the one who humbles himself will be exalted and I have tasted that as well. I like the feeling of the latter far better than the former. We have all, at times felt more important than we are or should feel about ourselves and that is a dangerous mindset and attitude.
I am not suggesting self-flagellation, but rather humbling ourselves in the sight of the Lord and allowing Him to cause us to be elevated or lifted up to the place He would desire. You are not the focus of all things, nor it is required that you be the center of attention. You do not have to lead in every situation unless leading by example demonstrating humility is the leadership that you demonstrate.
If God wants you to be the head, He will cause you to be promoted to that position. If God wants you to develop humility, then He may allow you to be given a lesser position without fanfare and notice. Since it is His Church that is being built the position is not what is important but obedience. It is allowing God to place the gift required for the situation in the lead spot and placing you in the mix where you can best lend to the advancement of the Kingdom.
May God be with you as you go through this day!