September 21, 2021 – Luke 14:7-11
If you’ve ever been to a wedding reception, you know the “seating assignments” can raise a lot of questions. Who’s sitting at my table? Can I see the bride and groom from here? Is the dance floor nearby? How close am I to the food line? These are all important questions; especially when celebrating such a wonderful occasion!
However, most of the time we don’t even get to choose where we sit! It’s already been decided for us.
Jesus himself attended wedding receptions and he taught his followers an important life lesson about humility when it came to choosing where to sit.
“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.”
This life lesson most certainly applies to the seating arrangement at a wedding feast, but could it also apply to other areas of your life? Take a moment to think about all the different seats you sit in on a regular basis? Maybe it’s an office chair at work or the driver’s seat of your car. Maybe it’s a chair at your dinner table or the recliner in front of your TV. It might be seat numbers on your tickets for the next big game or exciting concert.
Question for you: Are you content with these seats or do you long for upgrades - a promotion at work; a bigger house, a nicer car, or better tickets?
Before you get too far down the road of wishing for a better seat in life… take the words of Jesus to heart… instead of wishing for upgrades to the seats you already have, spend a moment today looking at the open seats around you, especially the seats next to those who often get overlooked in life.
Who knows, it could be the best seat in the house, and the one you’ve been looking for all this time!
Question for reflection:
- The seats you sit in often reveal your priorities in life. What is the inventory of your chairs? Ask God to show you which ones are truly worth your time. Then, ask him to show you some empty chairs that would be a great place for you to sit down.