Lenten Bible Study – Day 26

Thursday, March 18, 2021- Day 26
 
Luke 14:7-14  
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
 
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
 
 
Unfortunately, it seems that our culture is running away from humility. Social media has exasperated this in every way possible. Youth are expected by their peers to constantly be filming and taking pictures of all their experiences. If you are doing something great you need to let others know about it. This is nothing new for young people, except that social media has expanded the scale. This is one part of humility that Jesus warns us about. This is the part where he tells us to not take the most distinguished seat. We should not be bragging about ourselves and everything we have or do. We should not see ourselves as more important than others.
 
However, Jesus continues to talk about humility. He tells us to not invite our friends and family to dinner, but to invite the poor, crippled, and lame. His reasoning is simple, these people cannot pay you back in any possible way. You will receive nothing quantitative from your invitation and hospitality. This is the true meaning of humility, it is giving up of yourself so that others may benefit. 
 
Every year around Christmas I hear a news story about someone who calls the water company and pays off random stranger’s bills. I love these stories, they are filled with selflessness and humility. I have had people give money to help children and youth go to camps and mission trips but insist on being anonymous. These actions are so powerful and loving because they don’t glorify any person, they glorify God. This is where we should understand humility, being humble glorifies God. This should be our goal in life, to glorify God. We glorify our creator, savior, and best friend. Humility should be our goal every day, it serves our neighbors, it loves our enemies, and it glorifies God… what could be better?
 
Prayer:
Jesus let us think less of ourselves and more of others. Lord let us think less of our “stuff” so we will give it to those in need. God let us glorify you in our humility.