Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carmichael: second place

Sunday, January 18, 2015
    Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951
    [Jesus:] “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.”
    —Luke 14:8-11 (NIV)
    If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
    ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If [1938], London: SPCK, 1961, p. 32 (see the book)
    See also Luke 14:8-11; Pr. 25:6-7; Matt. 19:30; 24:12; Mark 9:35; Luke 13:30; Phil. 2:5-7; Jas. 4:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, extinguish all resentment in my life.
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