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. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Jesus explains what He wants from us. In reading this parable, or other parables, it could be easy to forget that this is the God who died for us, the God who created all things. This is the King of kings sharing with us, and this is what He wants. This changes everything.
Humility is the expression of security. Humility is the language of love. Humble people know they are already loved by the Creator of all things. Humility takes us higher than we could ever imagine because humility doesn’t need a better seat. Contentment in the lower seat—or in fact that we even have a seat at the table—ensures that we treat others as more important than ourselves.
Jesus has wonderful things in store for us and wonderful plans for our life. The seating plan of Jesus for our lives is perfect. It releases us from the pressure of having to impress others—and allows us, rather, to honor others. Honor will always be lacking when we put ourselves first. It is impossible to honor someone else besides ourselves, if we think of ourselves first. Selfishness suffocates the oxygen of honor. Humility creates room for everyone to enjoy what Jesus has created.
We live in a world that vies for the best at the expense of others. Jesus encourages us today to take a lower seat so that there is room for everyone at the table. How can we humble ourselves today and give someone the better seat?
// Pastor Josh Kelsey