An interesting thought struck me today in regards to humility and being the best possible servants and stewards of God. Especially in a world filled with an overwhelming case of "me'ism". The unquenchable desire to fulfill the selfish wants of the mind and flesh. IE, the "me, me, me" attitude.
Luke 14:8-11 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
A good example of this principle of promotion and demotion based on ones humility comes from a ministry I really enjoy run by John Paul Jackson. Every year they go and minister at Burning Man, an arts festival filled with incredible sin and debauchery. The first year they went the promoters said "The best we can give you is the outer most booth." (At Burning Man, the ring closest to the center has all the premier booths. The outer most ring has the lowest ranked or least prestigious booths. So to be on the inner circle is to be among the most highly honored and respected at the event.)
Well, John Paul Jackson and his team gladly accepted the offer without question and without complaint. Because of that within I believe 3-4 years they were on the inner circle of booths, and rated as one of the top 5 overall in the entire event. Because of their humility and honor of God by doing what they did, God impressed it upon the hearts of the organizers to promote John Paul and his team to one of the highest places at the festival where they're doing an incredible job witnessing for the Lord.
So, where do you stand when it comes to humility before men and God? Do you demand the highest places wherever you go, or are you content taking the lowest places, even if it means getting the least of anyone? Are you willing to suffer in this way for the Glory of God rather than yourself? Remember, the places you take by habit or by choice are a clear sign of your humility before God and men. So be content in the lesser things, and in time God will promote you to greater things. For he who is a good steward with few things can be trusted with many things.