Dinner parties can be uncomfortable. You have to generate small talk with strangers and make sure you keep your emotions under control. You don’t want to laugh too hard or be too cold. It gets awkward when it is time to sit down and eat because you are unsure where to sit. Take some advice from Jesus and sit away from the head of the table. Take the humble approach.
“But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.”
Eating was a little different back in Jesus’ day. They would eat at tables only a few feet off of the ground. There were no chairs but instead pillows that you would lounge on. It was noticeable if someone got up or down as opposed to being in a chair. So, he tells His listeners to sit at the opposite end of the host’s table instead of in a place closer to him. This showed humility on their part, but then the host would move you up, and it would bring honor.
People struggle with humility. They want to be noticed and appreciated. The problem is that they take it too far and strive for the attention of others. This only gets embarrassing as their efforts put off those around them. Instead, Christ tells us to assume the lower positions and let others honor us.
Take the Humble Approach
The best way to be humble is not to think about yourself so much. Make it a practice to think of others first. Derive your joy and satisfaction by building others up and celebrating their accomplishments. This takes your focus off of yourself, and it opens your eyes to a whole world of opportunities.