Text: Luke 13-15; Ecclesiastes 2
Jesus’ teaching in Luke is provocative. In today’s passages, He seems to be always in the challenging mode – healing on the Sabbath, saying things that go across the grain. In Chapter 14 He speaks of inflated people – those who would assume they deserved front row seats or special honor. He concludes with a powerful point for us all:
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
One thing Jesus does sometimes is use our own self interest to motivate us to not have self interest. This is an example. To be exalted would seem to be desired. The path to get there? Humble yourself. It is so counter to human thought and behavior, yet it is clearly the truth. Jesus “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him…” (Philippians 2:8-9).
As Christians, our road is to choose the low road. Our choice is to select the lousy seats. Our joy is to humbly promote the welfare of others. “Deflate thine own self.” It is what Jesus did for us.
in Him, Mike