7684 - Humility Honored

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Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s word together, and we’ll notice that Humility is to be honored.

Listen to Luke 14:7-14:
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, `Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, `Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

This scene flows out of the previous verses which tell us Jesus was the guest of one of the leaders among the Pharisees and that several other Pharisees and experts in the law were also guests at this meal.

The pride of the Pharisees was a well know trait. At this meal Jesus noticed that there was some competition among the guests as to which one would be able to sit in those positions of honor. To get his message across, he talked about the splendor of a wedding feast. Of course, everyone is dressed in their finest clothes with full display of ornaments and finery, and there is a subtle struggle to get a seat of honor.

But Jesus reminds them that the host is the authority over the seating order; that if one exalts himself by sitting down in the position of honor, perhaps next to the host, or taking a seat at the head table, they risk the embarrassment of having the host himself come and tell them that they must move to another seat, because other more distinguished or important guests have arrived and the place you are seated is intended for them.

In the eyes of those who hear & observe your movements you may be degraded and you will be humiliated. A better place would be for you to take a seat among the common folk; then when the host observes your position he can come and escort you to a place fitting for someone of your stature. Then those who observe will have a higher opinion of the honor in which you are held by the host.

Jesus says, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Later Jesus, turning to the host, suggests that when he gives a luncheon or dinner he should not pack out the place with rich friends and neighbors. If you do that then you can expect to be repaid by receiving an invitation to one of their affairs. Then there is no eternal benefit. You have been repaid.

A better plan would be to invite people who do not get to go out very much. They will certainly enjoy the grand occasion, and they will be unable to repay you. However, the eternal judge will reward your encouraging action when you stand before Him at the resurrection of the righteous.

Friend, let us consider the deep truth Jesus is conveying. He is saying that each of his children should be eternally diligent to any opportunity which the heavenly Father may arrange for us to help a less fortunate person.

Are you aware of people who are around you and for some reason need some help? Do you respond in a helpful manner or do you dismiss that opportunity to serve?

Remember, Jesus helped us when we were his bitter enemies (Rom. 5:10). He set the example. We are not just to help those who may return the favor in the future. First Peter (2:21) tells us, “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

May your reward for serving others be abundant.