The Humble Servant
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 34-36; Luke 14
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 14:1-14
The Jews in Jesus’ day were waiting for their Messiah. They expected their Messiah to come to earth to rule as a great king and to save them from oppression. Because of their preconceived notions for what the Messiah would be, a lot of them were unable to recognize Jesus when he showed up as their long-awaited Savior. Jesus lived the life of a humble servant instead of living as a noble king on earth. Jesus days of being king would come after his time on earth and at that point He would become the King over everything and everyone, and His Kingdom will reign forever. Jesus spent a lot of time on earth talking about humility and serving others. In today’s key passage, he provides us with two valuable lessons. In the first part of the passage, he speaks to the guests. He explains to them not to take the place of honor at a feast. His words were meant to show people that in His Kingdom, service is more important than having a high status on earth. Secondly, he tells the host not to only invite people with status to the feast. Instead, the poor, crippled, lame, and blind should be invited. Jesus is basically saying that everyone is invited to His Kingdom, regardless of his or her background.
What thoughts come to mind when you hear the terms humility and humble servant? Some people think that being humble is about putting themselves down or self-degradation, but that is not what Jesus meant by humility. A truly humble person compares himself only to Christ. In this comparison, the humble person realizes that he or she is sinful and needs Christ for salvation. This is the first measure of humility. In addition, a truly humble person understands that to love others as Christ directs, we need to serve them. As we imagine the picture of Jesus – the Alpha and the Omega, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords – washing the feet of his disciples, we must stop and look at our own service. Are we serving others? Are we serving the church? Are we serving God’s Kingdom? God wants us to find a place to serve, regardless of the social status or prestige associated with the position. God uses our service for His own purposes, but we have to be willing to serve before He can make us useful. When we spend our lives serving Christ and serving others, we can rest assured that when we meet Jesus in eternity, He will say to us, “Friend, move up to a better place”.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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