Sermon Title: Honor and Humility
Sermon Text: Luke 14:7-17
7When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at 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 the table with you. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
We live in a world that distinguishes people in a variety of ways: job titles, status, money, success, sizes of houses, and many other worldly values. However, the teaching of Jesus appears to be the opposite of this. The question then for us is how do we live out Jesus’ call to be humble and not seek after the “honor” from others. This Sunday we will look into the meaning of humility and living a life of humility.
Questions for Pondering:
1. Jesus teaches us to not seek honor from others and to live a life showing grace. As much as we try, at times we do seek recognition or “honor” from others. In what ways have you sought “honor” from others?
2. What does it mean to humble? In what ways can we be “humble” as we welcome others into our church? In what ways can we bestow “honor” to the “humble” who come into our midst?