Luke 14:1, 7-11
And it came to pass that one sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
And he told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor,
saying to them,
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast,
do not recline at table in the place of honor,
lest a more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this person,’
and then you would proceed with shame to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you, he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
As the deer longs for the flowing streams.
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
When I remember this,
I pour out my soul in me.
I went with the multitude
and led them in procession to the house of God.
with loud cries of joy and praise,
with the multitude keeping festival.
As long as in every way, whether in pretense or in truth,
Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, I will rejoice,
for I know that through your prayers and the support of the Spirit of Jesus Christ
this will result in deliverance for me
My eager expectation and hope
is that I will not be put to shame,
but that with all boldness, now as always,
Christ will be magnified in my body,
whether by life or by death.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.
And I do not know which I shall choose.
I am hard pressed between the two.
desiring to depart this life and be with Christ,
for that is far better.
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.
And having this confidence,
I know that I shall remain and continue with you all,
for your progress and joy in the faith,
so that your glory in Christ Jesus may abound on account of me
when I come to you again.