The Parable of the Chief Seats:
When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:
8 “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?
9 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!
10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.
11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.
where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past,
present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the
"movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the
human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control
over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5
Humility defeats PRIDE. Humility stops pride from planting and growing roots in our thinking...the kind of thinking that demands "chief seats!"
PRIDE is the problem!
People worry about anger, greed, drunkenness, and other problems - but it was "pride" that opened the door for the devil, to become the devil... Ezekiel 14
What is Humility?
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less! I have no desire to be in one of the chief seats - I am happy just for the invitation to be there.
How do we strike "pride" down in our life?
Proverbs 16.18 "Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall."
Finally, we need to examine ourselves, and be thankful for the blessing of just being an "invited" guest. We cannot afford to allow "pride" to be in our heart, thoughts, imagination... Think of the "grace" of GOD. We are in debt to His grace and mercy. Period!
We are in an overwhelmed debt to life - and a person in overwhelming debt cannot afford to be proud. Linked with this sense of debt is a sense of need as he bows before the "holiness of GOD" - Such a person is not mean-spirited, or has a lack of enthusiasm.
Just humble. Let us learn the word-picture of the "chief seats" well. It can keep our head from turning to pride, realizing that "our relationship" with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of GOD is the ultimate goal in our lives...
Pride causes a man to worship at the poor altar of himself. Not a pretty sight! "Everyone that exalts himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted." Our choice!
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