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.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.