There’s a story found in Luke Chapter 15, where Jesus is sitting at the table of a prominent Pharisee. In Biblical times, a Pharisee was similar to a famous pastor. Liken it to an invitation to be with our version of Billy Graham, along with many renowned religious leaders and thinkers of their day.
As Jesus sits there quietly watching these men gather, he can see them all gently but efficiently jockeying for positions of honor at the table. Everyone wants to sit close to the guest of honor, knowing it would bring them attention, and cause others to question their position in life. Jesus then shared a parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ ”
Friend, when we humble ourselves and remain content and relaxed, we can let go of unimportant concerns. Can we decide today to let go of ego, proving issues to our peers, or family? Be free, instead of always being proud and easily offendable. If you can just let things go, you will receive such power and blessing from God and from your neighbor.