Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Luke 14:10 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 honoured in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
Jesus has been talking about not taking the highest place - one of the ones that attracts the most honour, notice or attention - but now He makes a positive suggestion: sit in a place of humility so that you may be honoured.
But we need to be careful here that we don't go for inverted pride. We cannot sit in the lowest place just so that we are publicly honoured and promoted, because that would a shocking piece of self-promotion. And besides, how mortifying if the host simply left us where we were! Then we would have to sit it the lowest place, knowing that we deserved better!!
Isn't better to heed Jesus' words about taking the high positions very carefully indeed, but to adopt a humble middling position for ourselves: simply being who we know we are within society and being content with that? To much awareness or concern about what others think of us will always lead to trouble, as James suggests:
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
Peter echoes this, making this one of those occasions that when the Bible says something twice we need to take particular notice:
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you.