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Humility precedes exaltation
Bible Passage Luke 14: 7- 14
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Luke.

Humility precedes exaltation

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached November 6, 2023

7 When Jesus noticed how the guests were choosing the places of honor, he told them a parable.

8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don’t sit down at the place of honor in case someone more important than you was invited by the host.

9 Then the host who invited both of you would come to you and say, ‘Give this person your place.’ In disgrace, you would have to take the place of least honor.

10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the place of least honor. Then, when your host comes, he will tell you, ‘Friend, move up higher,’ and you will be honored in the presence of everyone who eats with you.

11 Because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted.”

12 Then he told the man who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, stop inviting only your friends, brothers, relatives, or rich neighbors. Otherwise, they may invite you in return and you would be repaid.

13 Instead, when you give a banquet, make it your habit to invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

14 Then you will be blessed because they can’t repay you. And you will be repaid when the righteous are resurrected.”

As mealtime approached, Jesus noticed some guests choosing the places of honour at the table. He warned that those who seek status or prestige are in danger of being humiliated. God exalts only those who willingly take the lowest place (Luke 14:7-11).

Jesus had a similar warning for the host. His reason for doing good should not be to win favour with people who can be of use to him. Rather he should do good out of genuine love, not expecting anything in return (Luke 14:12-14).

What Jesus said was more than just advice about good behaviour. It was a ‘parable’ and a religious lesson. Jesus showed that people should be humble.

Verses 9-10 use words like Proverbs 25:6-7.
“6 Don’t magnify yourself in the presence of a king, and don’t pretend to be in the company of famous men,
7 for it is better that it be told you, “Come up here,” than for you to be placed lower in the presence of an official”

Mary’s song in Luke 1:51-52 is similar to verse 11.
“He displayed his mighty power with his arm. He scattered people who were proud in mind and heart.
52 He pulled powerful rulers from their thrones and lifted up humble people”.

God does not want people to be proud. Instead, He gives honour to humble people. Nobody has the right to make themselves important in God’s kingdom.

Jesus did not mean that people must never invite their close friends and relatives. He meant that people should invite other guests as well. Proverbs 19:17 says, ‘He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will pay him back’. Jesus was asking people to be generous hosts.

Some people denied that the wicked would rise from death. Pharisees believed in a general resurrection (Daniel 12:2). But the Sadducees did not believe this (Luke 20:27).

🔷 Christians should not seek honour for themselves in this life

🔷 Those who live humbled lives will be honoured and exalted by God but those who exalt themselves will be humiliated

🔷 Believers must care for all persons but the poor and the disabled should take centre stage in their generosity

💥 Ask God to give you a heart of humility
💥 Pray for the poor and the disabled

The poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind must find centre stage in the life and activity of every believer and Christian institution. We must our day with such persons in mind. Our association with them and care for them will make God exalt us.

In series Bright Morning Reflections