Friday, May 22, 2015

Which Seat?

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, He gave them this advice: When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!
“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”
Luke 14:7-11,15 (NLT)

My last post looked at the excuses made by those invited to God’s banquet in the Parable of the Great Feast. The lesson: Jesus won’t tolerate “I’m too busy” as a reason for not accepting His invitation to participate in the Kingdom. Curiously, that lesson follows today’s scripture.

I can imagine this man sitting at the table with Jesus, listening to His advice and exclaiming with anticipation “How wonderful to be at the King’s banquet!” What is the man thinking after Jesus responds with the feast story warning that the invitees will find themselves too pre-occupied to even attend?

Is it possible the invited guests in the parable don’t properly value their invitation or honor their host?

Is Jesus making a statement about humility (or the lack thereof) and their excuses?

What do you learn from Jesus’ advice about choosing your seat at the table?

#seedsofscripture #Jesus #truth #humility #honor

1 comment:

  1. Humility seems to be the word for me lately. I am learning to let God boast about what He is doing in and through me. Great post