Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by Dusty, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Exalted


    Then Jesus noticed that some of the guests were choosing the
    best places to sit. So Jesus told this story: "When a person
    invites you to a wedding, don't sit in the most important
    seat. The person may have invited someone more important than
    you. And if you are sitting in the most important seat, then
    the person that invited you will come to you and say, 'Give
    this man your seat!' Then you will begin to move down to the
    last place. And you will be very embarrassed. So when a
    person invites you, go sit in the seat that is not important.
    Then the person that invited you will come to you and say,
    'Friend, move up here to this better place!' What an honor
    this will be for you in front of all the other guests! Every
    person that makes himself important will be made humble. But
    the person that makes himself humble will be made important."

    -- Luke 14:7-11 (ERV)

    Most of us detest self-promotion when we see it in someone else.
    However, each of us has a strange ability to find "reasons" why we
    "need" to promote ourselves. Jesus wants us to give up on our
    self-promoting ways. He calls us to be humble and then let God do the
    exalting. We shouldn't be surprised when the apostle Paul held Jesus up
    as the perfect example of humility -- didn't cling to position, emptied
    himself of self-promotion, was obedient to God and God exalted him at
    the proper time (Phil. 2:5-11). Pride is destructive, selfish, and
    poisonous to Christian service and maturity. Let's humble ourselves
    before God and trust our time for being honored to him.

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