«Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great» (Proverbs 25:6),
In the world of politics there are all kinds of people struggling to please those who have authority and obtain their favor. Of course, they try to present their best Smile and highlight their achievements to impress their superiors. However, self-promotion is suspicious. According to the Bible, the verdict of others is more objective (Proverbs 3:7). In the long run, genuine talent is recognized by the superiors (Proverbs 22:29),
Jesus taught an interesting parable about this: «When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you» (Luke 14:7-10).
A true Christian should not be anxious to gain power and authority. The sultry spectacles seen in the world of politics are out of place in the church. But it doesn’t always happen that way. «Many of our people are in danger of trying to exercise a controlling power upon others and of bringing oppression upon their fellow men. There is danger that those who are entrusted with responsibilities will acknowledge but one power, the power of an unsanctified will. Some have exercised this power unscrupulously and have caused great discomfiture to those whom the Lord is using. One of the greatest curses in our world (and it is seen in churches and in society everywhere) is the love of supremacy. Men become absorbed in seeking to secure power and popularity. This spirit has manifested itself in the ranks of Sabbath keepers* to our grief and shame, but spiritual success collies only to those who have learned meekness and lowliness in the school of Christ” —Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, ch. 49, p. 397.
A true leader knows how to value humility among his collaborators. They are not impressed by a grand or eloquent style, or the adulation charm of anyone, but by prudence, discretion, and discipline of those who can carry more responsibilities.
Ask the Lord today to help you to be a humble person and willing to serve God and others.