While I was in church on sunday, we had a sermon on verses 1-14 from the book of Luke (Quite fitting for this blog, with my name sake an all)so I thought I’d give my input on this wonderful piece of scripture. This verse really got me thinking about why this passage is so important to us as the church. But before that, here’s the passage in question:
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “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. 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. 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. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 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.”
There’s a lot to unpack in this scripture, so forgive me if i miss something, but there are three main points i want to focus on this post.
Point 1: Be humble or be humbled.
Our God is a God of love and grace. He’s a God that lifts us higher than we could ever deserve, and shows us love when we deserve it least. However, it’s important to remember that all things we do are through God’s will. Being humble is a balance between being confident in yourself and the abilities that God has given you, but being able to recognize you’re still human, and there will be times that you will make mistakes. We are made whole in the love of God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, But we are not better than those that haven’t met with him yet. “all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” As the body of Christ we must be humble to honor him that humbled himself on the cross for our sin.
Point 2: Love those that can’t afford to pay us.
We as the church shouldn’t pick and choose who we help. We are called to love all people, the rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick, the strong, the week, the helpful, the helpless.There should be no expectations on who we love. Jesus didn’t look at the sinners and say “well, you can’t pay me in gold, so sorry there’s richer people to save” Or “Oh i would heal you, but honestly, but that guy over there is only asking me to heal his foot, when you want your entire leg healed, sorry maybe next time.” Some people we won’t get along with, there will be some that want more than just a pat on the back and a nice word. Sometimes love is difficult, but most things worth doing are. if that’s supporting someone with our money or our time, it shouldn’t be about what we get out of it, because we already have the greatest gift in the blood of Christ. As the representatives of God on earth, we must be willing to put the time in to those that need love when it’s at cost to ourselves and understand that all the wealth of this world means nothing when we’re in the kingdom of God.
Point 3: repaid at the Resurrection.
Following on from the last point. I want to make an important distinction between doing kind acts in order to be rewarded and being rewarded for your work. As the church we shouldn’t help those in need as a bragging point, nor as a way to make ourselves righteous. However, if you are paid at the end of this act Jesus himself said “the worker deserves his wages.” Earning a wage for performing good deeds isn’t the same as doing said deeds with the sole intention of earning a wage. The important thing to remember is what Jesus says at the end of this passage “Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” This is the grandest reward of them all. We may need money to eat, but a man does not live on bread alone. Anything we may give up before we meet with Jesus, wither that’s when we return home or when he returns, is repaid when he went to the cross so we may live in his fathers kingdom. As the vessels of the holy spirit, we must be ready for the sacrifices that come as a follower of Jesus.
This is something we as the church need to really take on board, as our relationship with Jesus and the father and the spirit goes deeper. He called us into a relationship with him, and we have the honor to follow him and represent him on earth. So let’s make sure we’re doing the lord of all justice and keeping to his word.
There’s a lot more that you can gather from this wonderful piece of scripture, and if you have any further points to add be sure to leave them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading, Keep searching for the light and May God Bless you.
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