When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:7-14, NRSV)
Do not think to highly of yourself! When you go to a party or a dinner sit in a normal seat. So not to get moved out of the seat of honor.
And when you have a party or a dinner invite those you can not afford to reciprocate. You are here to serve all.
We are freed in Christ, yet we are freed to serve our neighbors.
We should not do things to be repaid, but out of love and overflowing mercy in our lives.
So do not think of yourself more highly than you ought. See what Jesus sees, and serve all around you.