Friday, August 26, 2016

Luke 14: 1, 7-14 Choose the Lowest Position to Guarantee Promotion

KEY TEXT: Luke 14:10-11 “But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

KEY THOT: Jesus gives us an unusual way to get promoted: shoot for the lowest position, then there will be only one way to go—UP! But if we fight for the highest position (a.k.a. power struggle or office politics), we may be asked to move aside, which means down or sometime out! So, to ensure that we are always promoted and never demoted, in every social, church and work situation, go for the lowest place where no one wants. There is no office politics there because no one is fighting for that position. Instead, we will have peace and security: “And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not…” (Jeremiah 45:5).

If we seek great things for ourselves by engaging in office politics or power struggles, we will either be humiliated (if we lose) or be hated by others (if we win). Disciples and citizens of the kingdom do not seek to promote themselves—they let God promote them. They seek the humble position of a servant and a slave of all. Jesus himself has modeled such attitude for us: “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Let’s give up fighting for position, power and promotion. Instead, let's fight for God's glory and His kingdom and let Him promote us as He has promised: "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things (promotion) will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33).

Father, may You grant us the grace to obey Your command to be servant and slave of all. We surrender promotion, power and position into Your hand, for they are Yours to give. Amen.

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