Radical And Upside-Down
Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:23AM
Roger Reid

The values of the kingdom that Jesus came to establish were radically different than those of His day.  The Pharisees and teachers of the law clamored for the spotlight and sought the adulation of the crowds.  Many still do today. 

In Luke 14, Jesus told a parable that taught His followers not to be like that.  The parable talks about people who chose the most honored seat for themselves at a wedding feast.  He said they would be embarrassed when the host asked them publicly to take their rightful place.  Jesus went on in His story to talk about whom to invite to such dinners.  He said they shouldn't invite friends and family, but "when you give a feast, invite poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you" (Luke 14:13-14). 

Disappointed because you have not broken into the more elite group in your church or neighborhood?  Stuck down on rung two when you'd rather be on rung eight or at least climbing the social ladder?  Listen to what Jesus said: "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14:11).  That's the radical and upside-down way of God's kingdom.

Article originally appeared on Roger Reid - First Baptist Church Dupo IL (http://revreidfbcdupo.net/).
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