Luke 14:13-14 “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Jesus had gone to a Pharisee’s house for a dinner. He noticed that there were individuals who liked to be seated at the choicest locations at the table. Then Jesus told a parable about being seated at the table and which positions to occupy first that one may be honored among the guests after having humbled oneself and then asked to move to the best seat in the house. Additionally, Jesus told those around Him that when they invite people to dinner to invite the less fortunate who are unable to repay. In that way the one inviting guests to dinner will reap a reward in heaven rather than being re-invited to dinner by a guest.
Whom are you inviting to dinner at your house? Is it your brothers and sisters in Go? Or, is it the poor, the widowed, the lame, and the less fortunate? So often in the body of Messiah we get fixated on fellowship with those of like mind that we neglect the greater portions of our faith.
Jesus said that don’t the sinners love in return and invite their own back to dinner and to other events as compensation (or reward) for having been hospitable to them? Elsewhere Jesus gave us the parables that tell us to go into the highways and byways and compel “into the kingdom” those that are unable to do for themselves: the sick, the shut-in, the crippled, the widowed, etc.
Jesus also said that the healthy don’t need a physician, but the sick do. What reward do you have if all you ever invite home or to dinner are the people of God? It is time we start to do what Jesus told us to do — care for the less fortunate. By doing so, you not only lay up treasure in heaven, but you will have the opportunity to be Messiah’s witness to these folks. They may just see Jesus, who is in you, in your generosity and humility and respond to the gospel.
Father, forgive me for neglecting the lost of this world who are poor, sick, lame, widowed, and doing without. I see the homeless on the streets of our nation’s capital daily and help as I can, but so many go hungry, restless, sick, and in need of Your love. Help me to be more attentive to the cares of those who have less or nothing at all. Please allow me opportunities to be Your witness to the needy in the world with the hope that they might come to know You as Lord, Savior, and Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.