Luke 14:11- “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” NASB
In this passage, Jesus gave a parable to the guests as He noticed that they were picking out places of honor for themselves. He used the occasion to highlight the fatal flaw in that tendency and thinking in self-exaltation. Sadly, many today are so driven to be recognized and esteemed that they exalt themselves.
Jesus reminded His audience of this flaw by using the scenario 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 type of action. He suggested that when invited, they should go and recline at the lowest place; the host would possibly come and ask them to move to a more notable position. The result would be recognition by everyone in the room rather than embarrassment and shame.
In Verse Eleven, Jesus said – “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,” which is frequently painful. I know I have tasted it. He declared that the one who humbles himself would be exalted, and I have also tasted that.
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 think about ourselves. That is a dangerous mindset and attitude. I am not suggesting self-flagellation but humbling ourselves in the sight of the Lord and allowing Him to cause us to be elevated or lifted to the place that He desires.
Remember that we are not the focus of all things, nor must we be the center of attention. We do not have to be the lead in every situation. Sometimes the need is to lead by example. Humility needs to be manifested. If God wants us to be the head, He will cause us to be promoted to that position. If God wants you to develop humility, He may give us a lesser position without fanfare and notice.
It is His Church that is being built. The position is not what is most important; obedience is. 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!