The Kingdom Lifestyle
Key Verse: Luke 14:11
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”.
Additional Reading: Luke 14:7-14
In our passage of scripture for today, we see Jesus teaching His listeners a couple of lifestyle differences of those who choose to Follower Him.
The first lifestyle difference is that Christ-followers make decisions that demonstrate humility even when their humanness would want to exalt themselves.
It’s interesting to me that Jesus tries to appeal to their common sense. He painted this picture of people coming to an important dinner and everyone trying to get a seat at the head of the table. In their day, the seat at the head of the table was a seat of honor. However, Jesus said that even if you seat yourself at the head of the table, what happens when the host comes to you and tells you to move because he has a more distinguished guest that needs to be seated there.
Here is the result of a person trying to promote himself: “The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! (Luke 14:9).
To avoid that horrible scene, Jesus tells His followers to take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when the host invites you to take a better place, you will be honored in front of all the other guest.
The point of Jesus’ lesson is this. Even though we all want to be honored (it is a part of our humanness), if we make humble decisions, God sees to it that we eventually will be honored.
James wrote: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).
The key to these lessons on humility is that we don’t have to “feel” humble; many times we might not. But we can make the decision to demonstrate humility and trust God to honor us as He chooses!
To teach another Kingdom lifestyle, Jesus turned to the dinner host and said: “’When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,’ He said, ‘don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward’” (Luke 14:12). Jesus knew that His followers would be tempted to do things that get them noticed or rewarded in some way.
But the Kingdom lifestyle is about doing things for people who can’t pay you back and allowing God to do the pay backs. His pay backs will be much better than any man can give us! God gives us our rewards when we cross over into our eternity!
Father, please remind me to make the right decisions that demonstrates humility while I do my good works, with no motivation to get paid back in this life. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.