Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. Proverbs 25:6-7.
Ingredients of entitlement exist within each of us. Adam and Eve felt the first tinge of entitlement when considering the question that perhaps God was holding back on them. They opened the door to the “Me first” movement. All have fallen under its spell.
Solomon captures the idea that “I am somebody special” with a picture of a seating chart at a banquet. Those of whom the king counts as intimate friends will sit closer to him. This person wrongly assumed that they were far more special than reality would dictate. Similarly, the disciples argued about who would be able to sit closest to Jesus when He reigns as king. Shame would be revealed and felt when someone would ask you to move farther away.
Don’t dismiss this principle because you think you may never come before a king or have dinner with the president. The “Me first” movement is real and lives under the radar in your own eyes, yet others can see it clearly in you. You can feel the bristles of its presence when you intentionally engage in some of the following activities.
Waiting in line…bank, drive thru, actually, anywhere you have to wait.
Give others better parking spots.
Allow someone to order their food before you.
Let another car move into your lane, because you want them to.
When wanting to complain about the waitress, instead tip better.
Celebrate others achievements instead of explaining how you would have done it better.
Anytime someone gets something ahead of what you felt you deserved first – promotions, recognition, pay increase, job title etc.
How to hit the “Me first” attitude in the gut to take the air out of its sails?
Live in humility by making concerted real life actions that reveal you consider others more important than yourself – and don’t brag about what you did.
Who do you think would deserve your seat of honor? Why don’t you go ahead and treat them like they deserve it?
Remember “Me First” keeps one out of God’s kingdom. “He who wishes to save his life will lose it” Mathew 16:25 NIV
Blessings Love y’all