Humbled and Exalted – Luke 14

            I used to work in a daycare center and worked with all ages of children from infants to elementary age. It was interesting to observe the friendships that formed. One day two little girls would be BFF’s and the next one would say, “You’re not my best friend anymore, she is,” crushing the other’s heart. The one was put down and the other exalted.

            Jesus said, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11) Jesus said this at a meal to which He was invited in the home of a prominent Pharisee. He observed how the men who also had been invited were jockeying for a position of honor at the table. He told them, “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.” (vs 8) He said that then in this case they would be humiliated by being asked to give up their seat and be forced to move to whatever seat may be available, the “peanut gallery” or “nose bleed” seats.

            Instead He suggested that they take a seat lower than what their status would give, and then the host may come to them and say, “Friend move up to a better place.” Thus they would be exalted in front of the other guests. He wasn’t suggesting false modesty, but rather humility. Don’t assume you should be at the head table; you haven’t seen the guest list. Instead sit wherever you find a seat and just be happy you were invited.

            Humility is not something seen very often today, in the generation of the “selfie.” True humility sees oneself through the eyes of God. It doesn’t puff up, but acknowledges that I am broken on my own, but loved by God. True humility admits, “I’m a sinner, saved by the grace of God. I don’t deserve to be invited to the feast, but by God’s mercy I am here.” James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.” (NLT)

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