Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:57

Get in the Back Seat!

Written by  Keith Waldrop, Christ Community Church
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Have you ever noticed how we all long to be in the front seat, to be in the best seat of the house?  It is just our nature to desire to be in control, but Jesus invites us to humble ourselves, to be the last of all and servants of all.


Hertz had a jingle several years ago that said, “Let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat today.”  When we read the Gospel of Luke, I see that Jesus had something to say about best seats… 



7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “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. 9 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. 10 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. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (Luke 14:7-11)



We feel important by being in the best seat in the house.  When we attend a ball game, we desire courtside or 50-yard seats.  But Jesus had more in mind than seating arrangements.


It is difficult to not be in control.  If God is your co-pilot, change seats, hop in the back, and follow the Lord. 


I remember the first time I was confronted with this when I was nine years old and en route to a funeral with my mom and grandfather.  I pleaded with my mother to let me ride in the front seat, but the last words she ever spoke to me were to “stay in the back seat.”  Life changed dramatically that day.  My mother and grandfather were killed as we spun out of control on a bridge on Highway 82—my life was spared because I was in the back seat.  I have often thought back to that brief conversation with my mother and the impact it had on my life.  Since that day, I have heard the Lord speak to me many times, “Remain in the back seat, Keith.  It’s where you belong.”


The back seat position is one of dependence.  When I allow Jesus to be in the front seat of my life, He is first, and I learn to put to death my flesh, surrendering to His heart.  It is a daily battle to stay submitted as a Christ-follower.  Today, let’s put Jesus in the driver’s seat of our lives and yield to his leadership.  He can be trusted and will take us where we need to go.



Keith Waldrop is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church, 8285 Ryan Road in Montgomery (off of Chantilly Parkway).  He and his wife are graduates of Lee High School and have two daughters, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter, who are the joys of their lives.  You may reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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