What Jesus Did! 'Exalted!' — Luke 14:7-11

Sunday, September 3, 2023

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner [in the home of a leader of the Pharisees] were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: "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? 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!

"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. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

— Luke 14:7-11 NLT

Key Thought

Most of us detest self-promotion when we see it in someone else. However, each of us has a strange ability to find "reasons" why we "need" to promote ourselves. Jesus wants us to give up on our self-promoting ways. He calls us to be humble and then let God do the exalting. We shouldn't be surprised that the apostle Paul held Jesus up as the perfect example of humility — Jesus didn't cling to position; he emptied himself of self-promotion and was obedient to God, and God exalted him at the proper time. [1] Pride is destructive, selfish, and poisonous to Christian service and Christian maturity. Let's humble ourselves before both God and other people and trust him to honor us at the appropriate time.

[1] Philippians 2:5-11.

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess to you that I sometimes feel overlooked and underappreciated. Part of me longs for the spotlight and the accolades that come with it. Yet, dear Father, I know that longing is foolish pride grabbing my heart. I know Satan longs to use that pride to incite envy, pettiness, gossip, vanity, and a host of other unholy traits in me. Humble me gently, Father, for I do trust that you have established my value as one of your beloved children. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 57:15
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • 1 Peter 5:6


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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