When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 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 honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:7-11 (NIV)
What would I do if I were humble? How would I live my life differently if I were to follow your example? What would I be doing if I took on the role of being a servant? You are asking yourself some very good questions? Do you have any great answers? Not really. Well, maybe. I know one thing for sure. What’s that? I need your help on several things. Like what? I need your help to be humble. I am filled with pride. I have wanted to sit in the seat of honor. I have wanted to be the center of attention. How does that sound to you? It is very hard to admit. I don’t even want to whisper the thought. It sounds pathetic. It feels disgusting. Well, you have a very good start. How so? You are admitting that you are proud. You are asking for my help. You know that you will not be able to take on the form of a humble servant without my help. That is for sure, there is no doubt about that.
Let’s take a step back. I would like to ask you a couple questions. I’m listening. Why do you want to be humble? Why do you want to take on the form of a servant? That question is easy for me to answer. I want to become like you. You humbled yourself and took on the form of servant. I want to humble myself and take on the form of servant. I want to follow your example. I want to do what you did. That is very good.
How will you know what to do as my humble servant in the world? That is also an easy question for me to answer. I will humbly listen to your instructions. I will humbly follow your guidance. I will humbly go and do what you ask me to do for you. How did I come to know those answers to my question? You humbly listened, you humbly followed, and you humbly did all that your Heavenly Father asked you to do for Him. Yes, I did. That is what I will do also. That is very good.
Lord, I know you came into this world and took on the form of a servant. You have given me an example to follow. Help me to humble myself. I will not seek to exalt myself. I will do just as you have done. Help me to follow your example by living to serve others. Amen
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