A man’s pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
Living with God, as His follower, His servant, in relationship with Him, is a little bit counter-intuitive. We might normally associate a proud man with success, but the Bible teaches that this is not so. The Bible teaches that the proud will come to ruin while the humble will rise to a position of honor; how can this be?
It seems to me that the confusion comes with the use of the word “honor.” To receive “honor” is usually associated with accomplishment, and accomplishment is usually associated with some sort of a behavior that is prized on earth. We don’t usually turn on the TV to see an award ceremony where the awards are presented by God, thus maybe we have made the wrong associations. “Honor” in this life involves the praise of men, so it is given to those who impress men. This is not the kind of honor spoken of in the Bible.
The humble servant of God does things that will probably never draw attention to that person; they are simply helping others, and in so doing accomplishing God’s work. They do not seek attention for their works, because they know that the attention and praise of other people are not the object of their labor. They will do what needs doing, they will see to the needs of others in a variety of ways, and they will seek to advance God’s purposes of reconciliation and redemption; they will not hire a publicist.
The honor that this person receives will never be televised; there will be no plaque. They will receive the only praise that counts for anything important, and this will come when they meet the Lord face to face and He says, “Well done good and faithful servant.”