Saturday: 3rd November, 2018
Reference text : Luke 14:1,7-11
Luke 14:8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
Jesus’ use of the seating order at a wedding ought to give us an idea of how honour can be conferred and how easily pride can lead to dishonour. Let’s consider an even more practical example in our modern terms: unlike many domestic flight services, long haul flights often affords one the opportunity to sit either in Economy, business or first class. Hence, one purchases tickets based on their financial muscle, because there is a significant jump in prices as one moves through the classes.
Unsurprisingly, each of these sections have its own unique perks and features, with better offers as one moves upwards. It is thus considered an honour for one to be told by a flight attendant that: ‘your seat has been upgraded, please come with me’. The reverse is when you act all high and mighty with others, only to be told ‘you are in the wrong seat, and have to be re-directed to a section which is a clear downgrade on your initial seat.’
My dear, we usually want to sit in places that show our importance, in those seats that tell others that we are ‘somebody’. We often want to come across as people who know something and have something to show off hence, our desire to claim honour with our very own hands at the least available opportunity we get.
In scripture we read about how God was proud to boast about Job, referred to David as ‘a man after His own heart and Jesus, as ‘His beloved son on whom his favour rests’. Therefore, if there is anything those reminders and today’s words from Jesus ought to instil in our hearts today, it is this: there is nothing wrong in desiring to sit in the seats of honour, but honour tastes sweetest and is weightier when it is conferred.
Remember # don’t let your pride get the better of you, seek to be upgraded, not downgraded.