Think less of you
Luke 14: 7-14 “When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbours; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
There is always someone more important than you, you are not the top, v8
If you are so self-absorbed wanting to be the top and receive the best and most, if you are grabbing at every opportunity for your own selfish gain, you will lose it all and end up less than the least. You will not move down a seat. No. It seems no one else is moving down the line, they are all staying in the same seat. It is you who has to walk down to the bottom of the table and take the least important place, v9.
There are always positions that you can move into that looks like it is not a successful choice, it may look beneath you, that you may be over qualified for that place. Choose such a place because you will always rise from that position, v10.
There is always the temptation to have nice people around your life, people who will give to you, people that you will use for your own ends, v12
Not many invite people into their life for simply the work of grace towards them, v13-14
Selfish exaltation leads to public humiliation.
Open demonstrations of humility lead to public exaltation.
How you treat people and how you view yourself has eternal consequence,v14.
Think less of you.