At first I didn't notice it. I was invited to sit in front often. Then one time there were seats behind us but all the "Important" sat on both sides of me in the pew until we were all squeezed - uncomfortable. The Lord said to me...Get Up...MOVE.
I have never again presumptuously sat in the front row. I'll leave that to the Important.
Jesus spoke of this:
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.”
He was rehearsing something He knew from Proverbs:
Proverbs 25:6-7 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men; 7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
I know many people have self image problems but we MUST get over our bad self. So if I come to your church I'll be sitting close enough to hear, but not in the front row.
I would love to see the front row reserved for the lost and broken...They are the REAL important folks.