Parable of True Humility
Jesus Christ said that he was meek and humble of heart. He is an other-centered God. And in this parable he presented two very important principles.
7 And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table; saying to them,
8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,
9 and he who invited you both shall come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place.
10 "But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.
11 "For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted." (Luke 14:7-11)
The first principle is that we must make a conscious choice and not exalt ourselves. The second principle is that such a choice will be recognized by the Person who matters. In this parable the host personally escorted the humble guest to a place of honor. We have a responsibility to choose humility, and second God notices that choice and will honor it. So humility is not a dead end street but an open door to be recognized by God.
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