We all know those people who are good at bringing attention to themselves. It seems they are always doing the thing that will get noticed. People clamor to be around them because of all the attention. Jesus gives us a warning against wanting the spotlight. Instead, he encourages us to take the path of humility.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
Wedding feasts were a significant event in every Jewish community. The whole village would shut down for days to celebrate the wedding of the Bride and Groom. There would be a feast every night with dancing and music. Where you sat at the banquet was an indication of your social standing. The middle tables were where the important people sat; the outside tables were for the lesser known people. There was often jockeying for better seats by the participants so they would get noticed, but if you rushed to get a good seat, you ran the risk of being moved to an outer seat so someone more important could have your place. To be asked to move was very humbling.
Don’t Promote Yourself
Humility is in short supply today. With social media being so prevalent it is normal for people to promote themselves and talk about all of their accomplishments. When people try to take the path of humility they are attacked for being self-righteous. Jesus is guiding us in the right path to take.
Jesus instructs us on how to walk in humility. Don’t seek the places of honor, instead choose the low places. If you’re at dinner, don’t select the most prominent seat. It’s better to start low and be raised up than to start at the top and be brought low. This principle can apply to so many other areas of life.
Never seek the praise or honor of men. One day they will pat you on the back, but the next will be stabbing you in it. Go about your business and be consistent. Be content in knowing that God sees your actions and he will lift you up and reward you. Take the path of humility and let God take care of the rest.