Beside Still Waters: Where to sit

Therese Apel

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“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 14:8-11

Sometimes it seems like life is just a big competition to see who has the best life, the best job, the highest IQ, the biggest bank account, and for some reason if we don’t have those things, there are people who pretend they do. Why is that so important? Why can’t we just remember that this isn’t real? None of this, here on earth, is real. This is the dream, Heaven is the reality.

Throughout the gospels, Jesus tells us to be servants to others. Be kind to everyone. Love your neighbor and pray for your enemy. And here He tells us not to rush to the front of the line in anything.

The best seats are usually reserved for those who have earned them or are being honored with them. You don’t want to be the person who has to be moved because you tried to take something that’s not yours. As Jesus tells us here, you’d rather be the one that is told, “No, you’re supposed to be sitting in the good seats, over here.” That’s when you look like all the things you’ve been trying to make people think you are.

God wants us to learn to put ourselves last. Respecting the people that He loves is ALL He asks us sometimes aside from loving Him.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Just remember that applies in everything, and you should be in good standing. ❤️

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