The Redeemed Life

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21 October

Luke 14:7-11 – A Lesson in Humility

Luke 14:7-11 – Listen

7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”.

Redeemed Mind – Learn

In Jesus’ culture, seating arrangements directly correlated to a person’s social standing and reputation.  Those sitting closest to the host (at the head of the table) were considered of higher standing than those who were at the end of the table.  Jesus, while dining with the religious leaders, illustrates the potential humiliations and blessing that come through living and choosing humility.

If one chooses a seat of low honor, the only possible direction they could move is up!  But if one chooses to sit in the highest seat possible, there is a very real chance that they will be asked to give their seat to someone of higher social standing, and as a result, would take the long walk of shame toward the lower end of the table.

Jesus reveals that choosing a life of humility opens the doors for a person to be exalted by God and others.  The converse is also true: if a person thinks and acts like he is the most important person in the world, they’re in for a harsh wake up call – if not in this life, than the life to come.

Redeemed Heart – Worship

The beauty of this parable is that it is spoken by One who lived in accordance with what He taught.  Philippians 2:5-9 says,

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name…” 

Jesus not only taught us the value of living humbly.  he modeled it in His life, death, resurrection, and exaltation.  He doesn’t give us empty words, but a new reality of His Kingdom here on earth.

Redeemed Life – Grow

What opportunities have you been given to practice this lesson in humility?  Where can you choose to become a servant so that God and others can exalt you?  Is it with your family?

Your work?

Perhaps your church?

Are you willing to give up the fight for respect and control?  Or will you live in a perpetual battle to be important in the eyes of others?

Give up the non-nonsensical battle, and humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.  And in His time, he will exalt you (1Pet:5:6).

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