Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Push, shove, bite, kick, scratch. Whatever it takes, make your way to the top. If there is someone who tries to get in your way, take them out. You come first. You are the most important. Is someone else trying to get the same job you are? Attack their character; exploit their poor choices. Win at all costs. Because you must look out for number one. Don’t you want praise and accolades? Don’t you want people to look at you and envy you? Then you must be confident and exalt yourself above the rest. Sing it with me, “I exalt me, I exalt me…”
Okay, now that we’ve completely covered the world’s way, let’s get Jesus to weigh in on this. He said that everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted. He is clearly speaking of eternity. He is speaking of the day that we stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Yes, truly what we do in this life will have an impact on eternity. But did you know that eternity isn’t just something that happens after you die? Eternity starts now. Think of it less in terms of time going on forever and more in terms of the absence of time at all. So eternity is in the future and also in the present.
This principle that Jesus so pointedly articulates is not just an outcome that will happen someday. It is a principle that applies to our life now. You see, God will truly lift up the humble. He says that he opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5, Proverbs 3:34) Do you get that self promoters? God opposes you. He opposes the way you are going about things and there will certainly be no peace or blessing in it for you. But to the humble, he gives it all. He pours out blessing and favor and honor to you. Why does God do this? It’s the whole less of me and more of Him thing. He desires that we would give Him the glory in our lives. A humble person can do that. So pursue humility – not weakness, just confident humility. God will lift you up and you will be exalted in His ways and in His time.