14. Taking the Lowest Place
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
Taking the Lowest Place
(Only in Luke 14:7-11).
Jesus’ parables cover a wide range of subjects. This is a parable on humility. Due to pride and self-focus, we all want the best. We all want to receive honor and recognition, especially from our peers. But Jesus says if we seek honor from others, it can hinder our BELIEF (John 5:44). This is vital to me because the gospel is focused on BELIEF.
Jesus says to repent of ALL other beliefs and
believe his gospel (Mark 1:15). The Jews believed
the law for centuries, and so did Paul.
But Paul says the (New Covenant) gospel is
the power of God in us (Rom 1:16).
This is because it allows us to live in
the righteousness of God himself (Rom 1:17).
I know I say this too much: “Good behavior will never produce correct belief, but correct belief will eventually produce good behavior.” If we seek honor from people, by means of behavior, we lose with God. But if we seek honor from God, due to our belief, we are rewarded and blessed. This is a very basic message of the gospel!
In a song I’ve written I use the phrase ‘pride without humility.’ This is our downfall. A book in the 60’s called it ‘Looking Out For Number 1’: US!
What Jesus says is, “Don’t try to be first. Don’t try to have the best seat. Instead, take a lower place and then someone can tell you to change seats and go up higher. If you take the best seat you may be asked to give it to someone else more important.”
Jesus says it is the last that shall be first.
It’s a simple message, but often our egos don’t want to hear it. Jesus is dealing with the sin of pride, and we’re told ‘Pride goes before destruction.’ Jesus doesn’t want to see us destroyed, but he does want to see us diminish our pride.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.