Daily Proverb: Promoting Yourself

6 Don’t brag about yourself before the king,
and don’t stand in the place of the great;
7 for it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here!”
than to demote you in plain view of a noble.

~ Pr 25:6-7 (HCSB)

This proverb is similar to one that Jesus gave.

7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them.

8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

~ Lk 14:7-11

Thinking more of yourself than you ought will eventually bring shame.  It is the height of arrogance.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.

~ Pr 16:18 (ESV)

Proverbs 25 has more to say about this, though.

14 The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist
is like clouds and wind without rain.

~ v14 (HCSB)

The implication is that one boasts about gifts they never give, but what about gifts they supposedly have received?  Some brag about things they have received, obtained or possess.  Some go further to forge, manufacture or tell tall tales as well.  This can apply to false spiritual gifts as well.

27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor does it bring you honor to brag about yourself.

~ v 27 (NCV)

Pinning titles upon yourself fools no one.  It simply displays the arrogance within you.  When you claim spiritual gifts and titles that you do not deserve, you already have given yourself your only reward.