For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment.
Think of Hollywood as a testing ground where performers try out for the big leagues of entertainment; they hope to get signed by a talent agency. Once signed, they step up to bat, to audition for casting directors. If they get a hit, they run for joy. If they get a lot of hits, they become stars.
Whether you reach the promised land of success or seek it, you're being tested; 'And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart' (Deuteronomy 8:2).
Moses, God's chosen leader among millions of Jews in their exodus from Egypt, the man who parted the Red Sea, was also 'Very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3). Was humility the quality that made him God's favorite?
Jesus, the King of Kings, the greatest Star of all time, even the Son of God, describes Himself as 'Gentle and humble in heart' (Matthew 11:29). Is humility required conduct for a star of the Most High God? Yes.
'And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted' (Matthew 23:12).
When you are kind to the secretary, janitor, stranger, or annoying fan - when you 'Associate with the lowly' (Romans 12:16), when you turn down a role to help a friend, when you keep a job or an agent, even if a better one comes along, when you honor God first with every award that comes your way, your success is secure. With humility you truly rise.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Model Conduct series.