Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen. –Proverbs 25:6-7, KJV
You probably remember the parable of the Wedding Feast as found in Luke 14. Jesus was basically retelling Proverbs 25 verses six and seven.
What are Solomon and Jesus telling us?
Get over yourself.
We live in a very individualistic society that says it’s okay to demand the best treatment and put yourself forward. After all, you deserve it.
But God says “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
That means to not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (See Romans 12:3)
Just as Christ, who, though was in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be attained, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (See Philippians 2:6-7)
Likewise, we should not demand our own way or seek prestige, power, or popularity. (I could be a Baptist preacher with alliteration like that!)
No, we should instead put others first and then say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.” (See Luke 17:10)
Then our holy King will draw us close on the last day and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”