Relating To Others      Luke 14:1, 7-15      December 05, 2004

A persons success involves how they interact with other people. Some people are call "people persons" because they inter act well, and usually get along with people. As Christians we have the presence of the Lord to properly direct us as we relate. We can respond even to difficult people in unusual circumstances. Many times church relationships become very difficult. Christ does make a difference in Relating To Others.

1.    Relating To Others About . . Healing. Vs 1-6

A.    Healing and Religious . . Leaders. Vs 1-2
    1 One Sabbath, when He went to eat at the house of one of the leading Pharisees, they were watching Him closely. 2. There in front of Him was a man whose body was swollen with fluid.

B.    Healing and Religious . . Legalism. Vs 3-4
3 In response, Jesus asked the law experts and the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?" 4 But they kept silent. He took the man, healed him, and sent him away.

C.    Healing and Religious . . Likeness. Vs 5-6
    5 And to them, He said, "Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" 6 To this they could find no answer

The man in the text needed to be healed. Jesus knew how to handle the situation as He perform His work while relating to the religious leaders, and their legalistic concerns. He chose to heal in the face of their legalism. Jesus presented a likeness to the mercy of healing a man and an act of mercy toward an animal stuck in the mud. He asked the Pharisees a question about relating mercy to an animal as opposed to offering mercy to a man even on the Sabbath Day, and they could not give an answer. He related to all very well.

2.    Relating To Others About . . Humility. Vs 7-11

A.    Humility and . . Choices. Vs 7-8
    7 He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noticed how they would choose
the best places for themselves: 8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don't recline at the best place, because a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by your host.

B.    Humility and . . Celebrations. Vs 9-11
    9 The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, 'Give your place to this
man,' and then in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place. 10 "But when you are invited, go and recline in the lowest place, so that when the one who invited you comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' You will then be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

Humility is a fine quality to display when relating to others. Jesus taught we must choose before hand to take a humble position. None of us like to see a person who chooses to elevate his/her self. In my opinion prominence given by those in charge is greater than self advanced prominence. Jesus said "one who humbles himself will be exalted," so a celebration of sorts may take place as we first choose to take a humble position. This kind of celebration is certainly better than a personal pity party because we were demoted from a self advanced position..

3.    Relating To Others About . . Hosting. Vs 12-14

A.    Hosting and . . Invitations. Vs 12-13
    12 He also said to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a lunch or a dinner, don't invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back, and you would be repaid. 13 On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind.

B.    Hosting and . . Invigoration. v 14
    14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

I suspect very few of us have given a party and did not invite friends and relatives. This passage does not prohibit that but teaches against invitations just to get invitations. Sometimes I have heard people say "I invited them over to our house more than once, but they never invited us to their home; so we just quit inviting them." It is an Invigorating experience to invite people to your home who have not normally been included in such a time of fellowship; they really enjoy the interaction, and their expressions of pleasure bring you an immediate reward..

4.    Relating To Others About . . Honor. Vs 15

A, The . . Hearing of Honor. v 15 a
    15 When one of those who reclined at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him,

B.    The . . Hour of Honor. v 15 a
     "The one who will eat bread in the kingdom of God is blessed!"

Sometimes we hear conversations but because of our minds focus we really do not hear. In the text one man really heard. He then responded about the hour the Lord would grant such rewards. God promises rewards for the actions we take that do not seek rewards but simply want to minister. The Lord does promise a blessing when we follow His teachings while Relating To Others. Amen? Amen!