If you’re not last, you’ll never be First

If you haven’t seen the movie Talledega Nights, you’ve probably heard the one liner above.

This mentality is quite opposite of how Jesus commanded us to live. In fact, he tells us to always take the last seat.

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“Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.””Luke 14:7-11 ESV

Is there someone you look up to? You think “man it’s just not fair, I wish I had the impact they do”.

Are you wanting a seat by the master? Jesus tells us clearly here in Luke that when you take the “lowly” seat you will be elevated.

Don’t confuse this with sitting in the back of the church (shout out to all my back seat Baptist friends 🤣)

It means cleaning the toilets, serving in the nursery, staying late to pick up when no one sees you, and most of all it’s the posture of your heart. God knows when we are sincere and if you aren’t at home on your knees with your head in scripture then you’re wasting your time.

Any mentor you look up to has a past full of being last.

Past filled with prayer and earnest humbling of their spirit.

If you’re yearning to be elevated I urge you step back and look deep at your heart and your motive.

Who are you worshipping?

Who are you wanting to be elevated?

When your one goal is to worship our Father in heaven and to elevate Jesus above all else… you’ll be amazed where he takes you.

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