Invite Rightly

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Luke 14:13-14

Invite Rightly

Nancy and I were invited to dinner one evening, early on in my pastoral ministry.

We had arrived in town a few weeks earlier, where I began my duties as a newly ordained parish pastor.

Ted and Gladys invited us over to dinner at their home. We met their son and daughter and also got to know them a little better. Which was a good thing, as Gladys was the organist in the church and Ted taught Bible classes.

They were being very kind and welcoming to us, which was greatly appreciated! We were 500 miles away from home and didn’t know anyone.

To this day, Ted & Gladys are good friends. Even though I have moved my family three times, we still talk with them and visit them.

Not the Reason

Ted and Gladys didn’t invite us over in order to score points with the new pastor, nor did they make us dinner in order to win us over to their point of view in the church.

They were simply following the leadership of Jesus Christ, not expecting anything in return. Ted & Gladys were just being kind-hearted and loving.

That’s Jesus’ point in Luke 14:13-14. He tells us to not do things in order to get things.

Ted and Gladys, along with the Redingers, Halls, Fosters, Palmiters and many other families in my first parish, opened their home to us never expecting repayment or reciprocity.

They were living their Christian faith and love.

Responding to God’s Love

Being a Christian is about responding to the love God has for us in Jesus Christ.

When Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross to save all fallen humanity from sin, he didn’t do it expecting repayment.

Indeed, there is nothing we can pay – or do – to pay Christ back for that kind of love!

We can only respond to it by being loving to others.

And in that way, we tell others about the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Invite Them Over

There used to be a long-standing tradition of the Sunday-after-church dinner. Many a pastor and his family would receive an invite to a home of a parishioner for an honest-to-goodness nothing-better-this-side-of-heaven homecooked meal.

Maybe its time to resurrect this tradition. But instead of inviting the pastor, invite a friend or neighbor who doesn’t know Jesus.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Open my heart to respond to your love by inviting others to my home where I can share your love along with a meal.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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