Jesus addresses a parable to the guests and gives advice to his host. In both speeches he appeals to what would seem to be base motives. Guests are urged not to seek the first places at table, not because this sort of self-promotion and pride is wrong, but in order that they may later be honored. Jesus is using this worldly image, though, only because it is so familiar. Hos point is made in the pronouncement: “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” Self-exaltation must not be sought. A similar unworthy motive appears superficially in Jesus’ words to the host. The point is that in doing good we should serve freely, without regard for our own prospects, leaving the recompense to God. This is the way Jesus went about doing good, emptying himself for others without counting the cost. The kingdom is for everyone, and our hospitality is to embrace all, especially those who are overlooked by people with only selfish motives. The good news is that with Jesus in our hearts, we are able to do good without counting the cost.