Sermon at Tigerville Baptist Church
Luke 14:7-11 – In The Parable of the Wedding Feast, Jesus encouraged His followers to avoid pursuing places of privilege. Exaltation is not attained by proving greatness but by relentlessly prioritizing humility.
- A ruler of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a Sabbath dinner party full of important religious leaders (Lk. 14:1).
- Jesus healed a needy man at the party and essentially dared the strict religionists to stop Him (Lk. 14:2-6).
- Jesus taught this parable after witnessing how these people jockeyed for special places of honor (Lk. 14:7).
- Jesus warned about the futility of attempting to appear more important than you are (Lk. 14:8-9).
- You would rather be asked to move up rather than be forced to move down (Lk. 14:10).
- You can decide to humble yourself, or God will do it for you (Lk. 14:11).
- It’s hard to follow Jesus if you are obsessing over entitlement.
- If Jesus left His throne, we should never struggle to give up our privileged positions.
- If you seek the world’s affirmation, you are telling God that His isn’t enough.
- Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself but thinking about yourself less.
- Decide that you will put your comforts aside out of concern for others.