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Summary: Putting humility into practice

Take Your Seat

Luke 14:7-11 (quickview) 

May 29, 2005

Luke 14:7 (quickview)  (NLT)

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:

Best Seat In The House

 The quest for status

 Being seen with the “in” crowd

 Dressing for success

 Driving the “right” car

 Many make a life of being seen

Matthew 23:6 (quickview) 

Matthew 23:6 (quickview)  (NLT)

And how they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the most prominent seats in the synagogue!

Luke 14:8-9 (quickview)  (NLT)

"If you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t always head for the best seat. What if someone more respected than you has also been invited? [9] The host will say, ’Let this person sit here instead.’ Then you will be embarrassed and will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

The Risk of Assumption

 The order of seating is determined by the host…not the guest

Proverbs 25:6-7 (quickview) 

Proverbs 25:6-7 (quickview)  (NLT)

Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. [7] It is better to wait for an invitation than to be sent to the end of the line, publicly disgraced!

The Risk of Assumption

 The order of seating is determined by the host…not the guest

Proverbs 25:6-7 (quickview) 

 Assumption of status is evidence of a prideful spirit

 Assumed status is manufactured and not authentic

Luke 14:10 (quickview)  (NLT)

"Do this instead—sit at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ’Friend, we have a better place than this for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.

The Honor of Humility

 Put service above prestige

 The invitation to serve is an honor itself

 If God wants you to serve on a “larger” scale…He will invite you to take on a greater role

 Service is more important than status

 Service brings glory to God

 Status brings attention to you

Luke 14:11 (quickview)  (NLT)

For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored."

The Honor of Humility

 True humility comes from comparison with Christ

 Recognition of sinfulness

 Acknowledgement of limitations

 True humility is exemplified in service

 Directed by Christ

 Utilizing your God given gifts and talents

 God honors humility

2 Samuel 22:28 (quickview) 

2 Samuel 22:28 (quickview)  (NLT)

You rescue those who are humble, but your eyes are on the proud to humiliate them.

The Honor of Humility

 True humility comes from comparison with Christ

 Recognition of sinfulness

 Acknowledgement of limitations

 True humility is exemplified in service

 Directed by Christ

 Utilizing your God given gifts and talents

 God honors humility

2 Samuel 22:28 (quickview) 

Proverbs 29:23 (quickview) 

Proverbs 29:23 (quickview)  (NLT)

Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

The Honor of Humility

 True humility comes from comparison with Christ

 Recognition of sinfulness

 Acknowledgement of limitations


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