Date: September 10, 2000

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
The Parable of the Ambitious Guest
Luke 14

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When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this 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 man 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.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Life Responses:
Do I have a tendency towards unhealthy ambition in spiritual things?

Am I able to be quiet before God so that I am drawing on His power to serve, or am I “running on empty“?

Am I willing to take a risk in a new ministry, if that’s where God wants me, believing that He will be there for me, supplying strength, wisdom and courage?


[Latin extrudere, from ex + trudere, to thrust; verb transitive, first appeared 1566]

To be extruded is to be forced out under pressure into a desired shape. This is the way of the Christian: he should choose the lesser place until God extrudes him into a position of more responsibility and authority.”

Francis Schaeffer, No Little People

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