Jesus teaches about humility and a funny story

Part of my Bible reading plan today touched on a section from Luke that Jesus taught the people about humility. It reminded me of something that happend to me a number of years ago. It says…

Luke 14:8-11 NLT – “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 has also been invited? [9] 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.”

As I read this today I was reminded of a funny story that happened to a friend and I a few years back.

We went to a National Athletics meet at our local stadium in Perth. All the top Australian athletes were there and a number from overseas. We went because we loved to watch the top athletes compete.

Anyway, the grandstand was pretty full except for one area. Part of it was roped off and some of it was open. My friend and I said, “Wow, these are great seats with a great view. Why don’t we sit here?”

As time went on people were walking past us and saying hello and nodding at us. At first we thought everyone was being really friendly, but then we realised they must think we are VIPs.

I had an Olympic Games tshirt on and my friend had a similar sporting top on. And because se we both exercised a lot, we both looked fit. People must have thought we were athletes who were invited as VIPs!

Eventually someone came up to us and asked to see our accreditation. Which surprisingly we did not have. We were then asked to move to the more “common” seats.

For us it was a bit of a laugh, but the people in charge were upset and felt a little bit embarrassed that they did not check our accreditation earlier.

I haven’t thought about this story for a long time, but today’s reading reminded me. Without knowing we took the seats that were in the place of honour and we were asked to move. So I can relate to this story. It wasn’t quite at a wedding feast, but it was an important event.

It has taught me to always look at where I am going to sit and make sure I chose the humble seats, not the best seats. It is much nicer to be upgraded, than downgraded!

Blessings,
Dave

Guard your heart above all else

Proverbs 4:23-27 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

There is some great stuff in here to keep us on track.  I was writing a blog post about this and then I read the notes from the New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible (LASB).

LASB notes: 4:23-27 Our heart—our feelings of love and desire—dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our hearts above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections lead you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: Don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don’t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.

After thinking about the passage and the LASB notes I imagined a security guard standing outside a door. He was big and strong and held a clipboard with names that could enter.

Love, joy, peace, encouragement, inspiration, right thinking, godly goals and God’s principles were allowed in. Everything else that would pollute us was politely refused entry.

Let’s all post a security guard on our hearts today. I am going to. The big decision now is will they look like a CIA Agent with dark glasses and an ear piece or a SAS Commando or perhaps a Jedi Knight 😉

God Bless,

Dave

Cheerful giving?

I saw this today and couldn’t help of the verse from 2 Corinthians 9.7. It says…

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.


The Bible in surround sound

I was reading Mark chapter 14 this morning as a part of my New Testament in a year challenge and something strange happened.

As I got to the part where it talks about Peter denying Christ three times and the rooster crowed (Mark 14:27-31), the rooster that lives two houses down from us crowed. It was right at the same time I read it on the page and it was very loud!

Either it was a big co-incidence or God really does have a sense of humour. Either way it really got my attention!