For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
It is better to be humble than to be humiliated. It is something I tried to teach my children as they were growing up. I wanted them to understand that in humbling themselves by preferring others first, that would ensure a kind heart and keep them from other people humiliating them. I think it is safe to say that no one likes to be humiliated.
So, what does it even look like to be humble? Well, one of the easiest ways is by being the type of person that does for others before self. Another way is to always consider other people and their feeling first before considering your own.
Jesus probably gives the simplest definition in today’s reading. He said do not seek the spotlight. Don’t be the one that always has to have the best seat in the house. Instead, let someone else invite you to that place of honor, then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit with you.
Being humble will look differently for all people, but mostly it shows up in kindness to others and always putting other people first. It is not thinking less of yourself by any means, it is simply thinking of yourself less than you think of other people.
As I mentioned yesterday, Jesus is all about people and this is the way He showed His humility. He preferred others first and not well behaving clean people, He always found a way to make the hurting, lame, blind and poor people feel special and loved. His mission was to think about the needs of others and then help them to get what ever it was that they needed.
Today I want to encourage you to think of others more than you think of yourself. If you have thought in the past that being humble was putting yourself down and not giving attention to what you do well, that just isn’t the case. In doing that, you still are keeping the focus on you, but in a bad way. This is just being prideful about the negative instead of the positive. Stop that today and begin taking the focus off of yourself completely and make other people’s needs your priority. Start lifting others up in the place of honor instead of looking how you can look good in other people’s eyes. Then you will be blessed in this life and repaid at the resurrection of the just.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 14:7-14
7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;
9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.
11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.
13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.
14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”