DAILY BIBLE READING:
BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:
Luke 14:11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
In our Bible reading for today, we came across instructions from Jesus that once again tell us to humble ourselves. Humility is a huge theme in Scripture. Jesus humbled Himself (Philippians 2) and we are called often to do the same.
In this morning’s reading, we are given one of the many benefits of humbling ourselves. We are told that it will spare us embarrassment and may set us up to be honored.
In Luke 14:7, Jesus acknowledged that it is within the human heart to exalt ourselves. We often think much too highly of ourselves and desire for others to do the same.
“He told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they would choose the best places for themselves:” (Luke 14:7)
In the following verses (Luke 14:8-10), Jesus gives some simple instruction. He tells us that when there is an opportunity to honor ourselves, don’t do it. Always take the option that involves humbling ourselves.
The benefit? If we honor ourselves, we risk being embarrassed in front of others by someone who brings us back to reality.
“The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place.” (Luke 14:9)
But, if we are not full of ourselves and are willing to humble ourselves, then we may experience the joy of being honored.
“But when you are invited, go and recline in the lowest place, so that when the one who invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ You will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.” (Luke 14:10)
But, get this point! If in humbling ourselves, we are hoping to be honored (because our heart is filled with pride), then there will be no joy if we aren’t honored. As always, Jesus is addressing the heart. Ultimately, He isn’t telling us how to set ourselves up to get an inflated ego. He’s telling us that there are benefits to having a truly humble heart.
So, how is your heart? Are you full of yourself or are you following Jesus’ example by being a servant to those around you? Today is a new day. Why not ask the Lord to do a work in your heart to enable you to live humbly before Him and others.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)