My Connect Group recently finished a three-month-long series on Submission and Authority. Three months is a long time! Just ask those in my group. Why that long? I’ve noticed, especially on the West Coast, that there is a massive gap in Christian education when it comes to the topic. I was raised to respect and obey the authority of the office of the pastor, but most people I’ve met since coming west find the concept foreign.
As a part of our lessons, we not only covered submission and authority, but honour and humility. Once we determined that humility and humiliation were not the same thing, we discussed what it looked like to be humble.
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 the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 14:10-11 (ESV)
In a culture that is overwhelmingly focused on self, Jesus’ words seem counter-intuitive. Bring yourself down low so that you can be raised up. The world would have us place ourselves in the highest possible position, but what does that really get us other than the possibility of fifteen minutes of fame?
Be confident in who you are in Christ and who He has made you to be. Be confident in His promises for you. When you know who you are and what you’ve been promised, taking the low place will not be a chore nor will it seem too far below you. Because in lowering yourself, you’ve raised someone else up. Not only have you displayed humility, but you’ve honoured others and earned their respect.
The lowest place is a much better place to be.
Daily Bible reading: 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 14:1-24