Getting Into The Jumpseat For Jesus

This headline  – “Delta CEO Gives Up Seat For Struggling Mom” – made me think of Luke 14:7-11.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “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 person 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 the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

That parable seems to me to teach a fairly simple lesson, and one that I could easily carry out: Give someone my place. You could do it too, couldn’t you? Why do I not do it all the time then?

The CEO of Delta Airlines knew how to do it. Here’s a man who has a very important job, and when he flies he probably brings work with him to get done on the plane. But according to the article linked above he gave up his seat for a mom trying to join her daughter who was away at a camp for sick children, and he went and sat in the jump seat in the cockpit.

Have you seen the size of a cockpit jumpseat? Try getting any work done in there with a fully staffed crew crammed around you trying to concentrate on doing their own jobs (all while the boss is sitting right at their elbows!).

After that example, I think I might find it easier to decide to give up my own place for someone else. And after Jesus’ example of giving up his seat of honor in order to take my place, why wouldn’t I?

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6 Responses to Getting Into The Jumpseat For Jesus

  1. Great point and a beautiful illustration of Phillipians 2:2-4 and Romans 12:10.Imagine what it would look like if a ministry was big kingdom focused and worked to live out those principles towards other ministries. Imagine ministries giving up their seats to other ministries working as hard to promote, build, develop other ministries, as they did their own, expecting nothing in return.

    Imagine those same ministries actively pursuing other ministries they were not directly connected to for the sole purpose of promoting the other ministries goals and mission. Imagine a ministry gave up its space, time in order to promote another ministry or they used their resources to develop ways to build other ministries other than it’s own.

    Would that be considered seat giving? Imagine if you can the impact towards kingdom building it would have!

    • Tim says:

      Interesting, Pat. I saw this as an example for us as individuals, but I can see who it applies to our efforts in concert as well. Thanks.

      • Tthe ministry or ministries that would do that would have to be comprised of indivuals who at their core believed that it was pertinent for them to live this way. As a ministry is only as good and true as those serving within.

        For example you do this everytime you give this blog space to someone else or promote someone else on it and thank for doing that so often!

  2. My only problem: I’d totally geek out at being in the cockpit of a commercial jet! Dude! That would be the BEST seat in the house…

    …of course, I’m a total tech nerd and geek so YMMV.

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