In our quest for significance, we buy big homes, drive fancy cars, attend impressive schools, wear expensive clothes and jewelry. We try to out-do others and expect others to celebrate us. Despite our success in many of these areas, we still come up empty. The reason is simple: we seek significance in the wrong way and from the wrong source. In a biting parable, Jesus warns us about seeking self worth in the wrong way. Luke 14: Jesus noticed invited guests at a dinner trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table. So he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you! Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.’” Then Jesus gave God’s perspective: “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” True significance comes when we link up and identify with Jesus Christ, the King of glory. We enhance our sense of self as we constantly submit to Him.
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