Taking the Lowest Place

 

Luke 14:7-11
When Jesus noticed how the guests were choosing the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don’t sit down at the place of honor in case someone more important than you was invited by him. Then the host who invited both of you would come to you and say, ‘Give this person your place.’ In disgrace, you would have to take the place of least honor. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the place of least honor.

Then, when your host comes, he will tell you, ‘Friend, move up higher,’ and you will be honored in the presence of all who eat with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted [honored].”

Possible Points of Jesus
  1. THE PARABLE APPLIED
    1. WE LEARN THE DANGER OF PRIDE…
      1. The wise man wrote:
        1. “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Pr 16:18
        2. “A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.” – Pr 29:23
      2. The danger of pride is not just in social settings (as per the parable), but in our relationship with God!
        1. The Lord hates pride – Pr 8:13
        2. It is defiles man – Mk 7:21-23
        3. It is of the world, not of the Father – 1Jn 2:15-17
    2. WE LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMILITY…
      1. The Lord blesses the humble – Ps 25:9; Pr 3:34
      2. Humility is a mark of wisdom – Pr 11:2
      3. Humility precedes honor like arrogance goes before destruction – Pr 18:12; cf. 22:4
    3. THEREFORE, AS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST LET US…
      1. Be clothed with humility – Col 3:12
      2. Be humble before God – 1Pe 5:6
      3. Be humble in our dealings with our brethren in Christ – Php 2:3
      4. Be humble in our dealings with those around us, even those who oppose us – Tit 3:2; 2Ti 2:24-25
  2. CONCLUSION
    1. Through this simple parable, Jesus has taught us a most important truth: the need to be humble in our relations with God and those around us!
    2. Humility is not a popular grace in our culture…
      1. It is considered a sign of weakness by many
      2. People fear that they will be made a floor mat by others
    3. But we must remember that God is watching, and it is He who said:For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
      “I dwell in the high and holy place,
      With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
      To revive the spirit of the humble,
      And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isa 57:15)
    4. If we desire the Lord to dwell with us, then let us walk humbly before Him, as Micah wrote…He has shown you, O man, what is good;
      And what does the LORD require of you
      But to do justly, To love mercy,
      And to walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8)

      May God give us the grace to so walk before Him!


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