I just noticed that Jesus was at a dinner party when he taught about humility.
“When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: ‘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?’ ” 14:7
“Then he turned to his host. ‘When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,’ he said, ‘don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.’ ” 14:12
I’m trying to imagine being those people pushing to the front of the table, or the host seating my guests. And then having Jesus-the-carpenter-from-Bethlehem use it as a teachable moment!
How do you respond when Jesus corrects your behavior? Or when Scripture convicts you of something?
It’s just part of our relationship with him. Change. Improvement. Sometimes I just want God to improve things for me without having to put in the work it takes. I don’t want to take the hit of criticism, even though I believe God loves me unconditionally despite my shortcomings.
Do you welcome his teachings and corrections in your life? What stops you?