"When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don't sit down at the place of honor in case someone more important than you was invited by the host. Then the host who invited both of you would come to you and say, 'Give this person your place.' In disgrace, you would have to take the place of least honor. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the place of least honor. Then, when your host comes, he will tell you, 'Friend, move up higher,' and you will be honored in the presence of everyone who eats with you. Because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 18:8-11
We had a wedding banquet after church yesterday, or rather a re-wedding banquet. A couple celebrated their fortieth anniversary by renewing their vows, and their family provided the banquet. It was a pretty special celebration.
Now, I could have set myself down at the family's table, but the likelihood is that the bride (who I love dearly) would have asked me to move so her family could sit there--as she should have, for sure.
Some of us can be guilty all too often of putting ourselves up where we don't belong, and it can be pretty humbling when someone walks up to you and says, "Ah-hem. That spot is reserved for ...." Ranking ourselves a little too high. More proud than we should be.
Prayer: Lord, if we should exalt ourselves, please remind us we are dust. If we put ourselves at the front, show us who is beating us hands down. Keep us humble, Lord. Only You are worthy of exaltation.