Luke 14:7–11 (ESV)
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
7 Now he
told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited
by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 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 honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus is teaching about pride and humility. There is a passage from Romans that immediately jumps to my mind: Rom 12:16–17 (ESV) “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with
the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” Pride is a sin and you set yourself up to be humbled. In this case... you are sitting in somebody else’s seat and you will be asked to get up and move. This will be an embarrassing
situation for you. Jesus is saying sit at a low position seat so you will not have to move, but if you are asked to move, it will only be to a better seat. Humble yourself before the Lord... humble yourself before others.
I pray: O Lord, help me to remain humble in my daily life and how I treat others. When pride works it’s way into our life, we begin to seek self gratification. Lord, I pray that you not humble me, but teach
me to be humble. Help me to walk according to your ways and to trust in your grace and mercy. Amen.