For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
It has become a ritual among America’s consumers: camping out in front of stores days before the announced delivery of the latest tech device, running the risk of being trampled when the doors are opened at midnight for post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” sales, even hurrying down the aisle to get the best seats at a Christian conference or concert.
Jesus used the human tendency to be “first in line” to make a point about humility—and about pride of place. He was invited to a meal at the home of a prominent Pharisee and noticed the guests scrambling to get the best seats for themselves. So He told a story: Say you’re invited to a wedding feast. You get there early to get a prime place at the table only to be embarrassed when the host asks you to move—you took the seat of a preferred guest. How humiliating! Instead, Jesus said, take the lowest seat. If you belong in a better seat, the host will invite you to move up in front of all the guests (Luke 14). Better to be honored than to be humiliated. And better to be humble than to be humbled.
Look for opportunities to be humble, and let God advance you to a higher place in His time. He gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
The surest mark of true conversion is humility.
J. C. Ryle