“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.”
Maybe it is only my personal pet-peeve but when someone is hosting a meeting shouldn’t the host be in the meeting first and before anyone else? When we meet in IRL, Zoom, or dial-in and then wait on Zoom, or listening to music, or even hanging out with other participants while the rest of us wait, is just not right. I equate this to hosting someone at your house for a dinner party and everyone shows up, but you aren’t home. Standing on the front porch, in waiting, doesn’t work for very long. It’s a common, easy thing to be on time and even a little early. Especially when we are the hosts….the hosts of anything.
Jesus tells us how to be a good host when He teaches us to subordinate ourselves to our guests. He was teaching a universal principle that whatever we host, we are to consider the feelings, places and time of others so that we leave room for others. So, maybe even by doing the basics like being on time, respecting others, and giving them room is actually mirroring the principles and ways of our Lord.
Reference: Luke 14:10 (New Living Translation)