S - Luke 14:8-11 (NASB)
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to this man,' and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place.10 "But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.11 "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
O - This is a simple yet profound truth of being humble. Much of our lives people spend time trying to gain experience and position. Many men the longer they are in an organization the more respect or authority they expect to have. With Jesus things are different. In order to prevent yourself from becoming bigger than God, or exalting yourself he recommends the humble approach of waiting to be lifted up rather than assuming a higher position. This is so we might have an attitude of humble servant and reverence to those around us, so that our light might shine, to others, and we can receive our promotions from the Lord.
A - The application for me is one that I have to remind myself more the older I get. I need to enter each circumstance, each meeting, each new job, with a willing heart to serve and a humble heart to enter through the servants entrance.
P - Dear heavenly Father, help me to humble myself where I may have exalted myself, help me to continue to serve those around me where I am, trusting your light to shine through me , that you may be glorified and people will get to know you when they see my heart to serve humbly.