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… For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. (Luke 14:7-8, 11-14)

True humility is enjoyable to be around. Humility is not a characteristic which causes people to get annoyed with you. We can all think about the person who goes around being self depreciating to the point that it gets on our nerves. That is because extreme self-loathing is not a mark of humility but usually an attempt to get people to notice oneself. No, a humble person is enjoyable to be around. So much so that he can throw parties knowing that people will come.

There is, however, something remarkably different about his parties. They are not parties to increase his popularity or social prestige. Instead the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind show up at his parties. The humble one’s parties are mark by those being invited who can only partake in the enjoyment of the party with no hope of being able to return the favor.

That is because humility is directed outward to the benefit of others. Humility is always causing others to raise their heads and enjoy blessings. Invitations to parties are just one way humility lives out its giving nature. It is looking for opportunities to put others in the seats ahead of them. Not so that they can see how “humble” the guy is, but because that is the nature of humility. It is outward direct. The truly humble man or woman does not have enough time to talk about how bad he is because he or she is to concerned about making sure others feel uplifted. (to put this in real life, humble people can take a complement).

This outward focus, towards those who have no hope to return the favor, can flow out of the Christian’s heart because that is exactly how Christ dealt with them. Christ threw a party of salvation. It is a tremendous feast where the best food and wine would be served. And He invited the likes of you and me to attend. Us, in our filthiness, poverty, and crippledness. He came to us and made us guests to his table where we will be forever blessed in His presence.  And we have zero chance of offering a penny in return for this! All He wants us to do is receive the immeasurable pleasures of His grace for all eternity. This is the greatest party of all times!

And because the disciple of Christ stands in amazement of being invited to this party he throws parties which are like it. All giving, no hope for a return, seeking to exalt others to grand places for their joy.

Thus, humble people throw really enjoyable parties.

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