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Humility: Week 1 - Devotion 3

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 14:11

During biblical times, there was a practice that when dinner feasts were thrown, the guests of honor would sit closest to the host. The further down the table you sat from the host the lower status you had, but at least you were at the party! If you assumed a seat too close without the host’s permission, then you would be moved further down the table and consequently humiliated. However, if you sat further away, then you could always be moved closer to the head of the table and be shown honor in doing so.

Now, imagine you’ve been invited to a dinner at Buckingham Palace with the Queen. Instead of sitting at your assigned table, you go rogue and decide to steal a chair right by her. That's not going to last long. Those fancy guards with the big fuzzy hats will pull some jujitsu on you, and you will be escorted out of the party. On the other hand, if you give your assigned seat up out of respect for another, then the Queen might notice your humility and invite you to her table.

The principle is that if you live a life of humility, the Lord will look out for you and bless you. In our modern era, it's very easy to become consumed with our wants and desires. We fall prey to the trap of selfishness. That’s why it’s vitally important to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He alone can keep us from stumbling. When we see how he humbled himself on the cross, we are encouraged to carry our cross and imitate his humility.

Emily Traylor