Dailies 2019

Dailies~ In His Word
December 30, 2019
What will you do tomorrow night to celebrate the new year? Will you go to a party or maybe have one yourself? If you do will you remain humble and give honor where honor is due?
Try Jesus’ instructions here, instead of sitting in the best seat in the house try taking the folding chair off in the awkward place to sit. If your party is a game-party try sitting and playing with people you hardly know if at all.
When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you have also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!
10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14 :7-11
It’s not really about flaunting yourself, it is about being humble and if someone wants to move you to a better seat by them then you will see their heart is in your sitting there, but you also will allow someone else the best place.
Often, we get in the habit of sitting closest to the hostess because we want to spend time with her, but sometimes we must think of the others, its not like we will never see them, right?
When Jesus was sharing this lesson, He was trying to teach the people that our lives are not about us boasting, or us puffing ourselves up and being front and center in everyone’s lives. That is because our life in Christ is not about us getting the glory brought on by ourselves. If He should choose to glorify us, then we will be honored, but if we do it ourselves, we will just be braggards.
He also said; 
 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. In Luke 6:35-36
We are not to live our lives to seek a reward from people because God will give us our reward in heaven, or sometimes He allows us some rewards here in the world but the point is we need to not expect honor for doing what we should be doing anyway.
Let’s work toward this goal too in the new year! Let’s work toward being polite and think of the other people around us more than we do our selves. After all if we do this, life will actually go better for us than if we try to be the one on top and the one first all of the time. I am not saying we should be kind to strangers because we want to be blessed, but because it is the right thing and when we allow other people, even those we do not think deserve it, to go ahead of us in line then we get a good feeling inside. That good feeling is the Holy Spirit saying, “good job!”. 
Heavenly Father, help us to put others first more than ever everywhere we go. Help us to help others to see the love of God in us. In Jesus’ name, amen.