Do you try to put yourself in the best spot? Do you try to assume the best position? Do you act in a spirit of humility? Do you act out of a spirit of pride? Beware the troubles of pride and that pride comes before the fall. Are you picking a spot that may be viewed as smaller or lower so as to not overstep your bounds and allow others to put you up in the right spot? Are you doing things so that you will receive from others or because it is what you are being called to do?
When I think of this topic there are many times in my life where I think of this. Be it in the workplace or in general life situations. Do you walk into a situation thinking you are all that and expecting more? Do you walk in ready to negotiate more or higher or …? Do you walk in grateful to be there and looking to be a part of something special? Your attitude makes a huge difference. Will you come in to serve? Will you come in to be a part? Or will you come in to be front and center? Will you come in to be the show? Words
Today’s reading speaks to this topic with wisdom to help you…
Humility and Hospitality
7Jesus noticed how some of the guests were choosing the best places, so he told this parable to all of them: 8“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place. It could happen that someone more important than you has been invited, 9and your host, who invited both of you, would have to come and say to you, ‘Let him have this place.’ Then you would be embarrassed and have to sit in the lowest place. 10Instead, when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your host will come to you and say, ‘Come on up, my friend, to a better place.’ This will bring you honor in the presence of all the other guests. 11For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.” 12Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors—for they will invite you back, and in this way you will be paid for what you did. 13When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; 14and you will be blessed, because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death.” –from Luke 14
Will you walk in with a humble and contrite heart? Will you live to serve those who are in need? Will you not focus on the popularity contest but rather on the calling God puts into your heart? Will you allow God’s hand to lead you and guide you, instruct you and correct you, every day in every place? Will you keep anything from allowing you to accomplish His calling in your life?
Jesus Heals a Sick Man
1One Sabbath Jesus went to eat a meal at the home of one of the leading Pharisees; and people were watching Jesus closely. 2A man whose legs and arms were swollen came to Jesus, 3and Jesus spoke up and asked the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, “Does our Law allow healing on the Sabbath or not?” 4But they would not say a thing. Jesus took the man, healed him, and sent him away. 5Then he said to them, “If any one of you had a child or an ox that happened to fall in a well on a Sabbath, would you not pull it out at once on the Sabbath itself?” 6But they were not able to answer him about this. –from Luke 14
Will you trust God enough to put you into the right position at the right time in the right way? Will you be obedient and courageous enough to step up and step out into that position when He calls upon you? God’s timing is perfect! Don’t try to rush it! God’s plans is for good and is perfect, so there is no need to try and raise yourself up when you will be lifted up in and at the right time! In whom will you trust? In whom will you fear? Will you let man control you? Will you pursue after God?
What is your calling? Will you serve? How will you serve? Everyone has a purpose! Everyone is to be a part! We are the body! Each part is important! There are no unimportant parts! Some are more visible than others, but all parts are important!
Today’s Word continues with …
Leaders in the Church
1This is a true saying: If a man is eager to be a church leader, he desires an excellent work. 2A church leader must be without fault; he must have only one wife, be sober, self-controlled, and orderly; he must welcome strangers in his home; he must be able to teach; 3he must not be a drunkard or a violent man, but gentle and peaceful; he must not love money; 4he must be able to manage his own family well and make his children obey him with all respect. 5For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of the church of God? 6He must be mature in the faith, so that he will not swell up with pride and be condemned, as the Devil was. 7He should be a man who is respected by the people outside the church, so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the Devil’s trap.
Helpers in the Church
8Church helpers must also have a good character and be sincere; they must not drink too much wine or be greedy for money; 9they should hold to the revealed truth of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They should be tested first, and then, if they pass the test, they are to serve. 11Their wives also must be of good character and must not gossip; they must be sober and honest in everything. 12A church helper must have only one wife, and be able to manage his children and family well. 13Those helpers who do their work well win for themselves a good standing and are able to speak boldly about their faith in Christ Jesus.
–from 1 Timothy 3
Are you to be leading? Are you to be helping? What is your calling? What is God wanting you to learn, to grow, to become, to develop, to be? How will you start? Will you listen and be obedient? Will you listen and be courageous to do what He calls you to do, even if it is a bit uncomfortable? We are all called! Our roles may differ, but we are all called to spread and share the Good News of Jesus to those we are around. To some they call it their mission field!
Don’t be afraid! Do you need wisdom? Turn to God and ask for He gives freely without finding fault! Not sure where to turn or how to ask? Turn to God’s Word which never returns void!
Check this out from the book of Proverbs!
The Benefits of Wisdom
1My children, listen to what your father teaches you. Pay attention, and you will have understanding. 2What I am teaching you is good, so remember it all. 3When I was only a little boy, my parents’ only son, 4my father would teach me. He would say, “Remember what I say and never forget it. Do as I tell you, and you will live. 5Get wisdom and insight! Do not forget or ignore what I say. 6Do not abandon wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will keep you safe. 7Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight. 8Love wisdom, and she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will bring you honor. 9She will be your crowning glory.” 10Listen to me, my child. Take seriously what I am telling you, and you will live a long life. 11I have taught you wisdom and the right way to live. 12Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run. 13Always remember what you have learned. Your education is your life—guard it well. 14Do not go where evil people go. Do not follow the example of the wicked. 15Don’t do it! Keep away from evil! Refuse it and go on your way. 16Wicked people cannot sleep unless they have done something wrong. They lie awake unless they have hurt someone. 17Wickedness and violence are like food and drink to them. 18The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come. 19The road of the wicked, however, is dark as night. They fall, but cannot see what they have stumbled over. 20My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. 21Never let them get away from you. Remember them and keep them in your heart. 22They will give life and health to anyone who understands them. 23Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. 24Never say anything that isn’t true. Have nothing to do with lies and misleading words. 25Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don’t hang your head in shame. 26Plan carefully what you do, and whatever you do will turn out right. 27Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don’t go one step off the right way. –from Proverbs 4