I’ve Got God’s Word On It
12 He also said to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back, and you would be repaid. 13 On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” ~ Luke 14:12-14
Many people invite others to lunch or dinner with some ulterior motive in mind. They are usually expecting something in return or at the least, they expect their generosity to be returned. This behavior is practiced among ordinary people as well as high-profile people like politicians and Pastors. As the old saying goes, “One hand washes the other” or “You wash my back and I’ll wash your back.”
But God’s Word says that God’s children should not behave in such a manner. To the contrary, we should seek an opportunity to serve and give to those who cannot repay us.
We should feed those who cannot offer us a meal in return. We should honor the disabled and the unemployed with assistance free of any expectation of repayment. We should provide sustenance for those who cannot see their way out of their destitution. We should invite the disenfranchised to the table of brotherly love. In so doing, we have a rightful expectation of repayment in the day of our resurrection.
“A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.” ~ Proverbs 11:18
Our righteous acts are not for earthly reward but for Heavenly Glory!
I’ve Got God’s Word On It!
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