I read something in Luke 14 a few weeks ago that stood out to me. It’s what Jesus said in Luke 14: 12-14.
“And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’”
WOW. I love that, don’t you?
Earlier in the chapter, we find Jesus going into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread. I don’t know about you, but this whole encounter is very interesting.
First, it was on the Sabbath. Earlier, in Luke 13, one of the synagogue officials was indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath. He would soon do the same thing again in Luke 14.
Second, the fact that Jesus went into the house of one of the Pharisees is powerful. While so many of the Pharisees treated him wrongly, Jesus never retaliated with evil. This particular man wasn’t just any Pharisee, he was one of the leaders of the Pharisees.
While Jesus is at this man’s house, he will use it to teach a variety of lessons. He would expose the wicked hearts of many who were in attendance. He would heal a man with dropsy and then ask the lawyers and Pharisees a question that they would not answer. Jesus would give a parable teaching about humility. Many of the Pharisees needed to hear that parable.
Now to the verses I mentioned earlier. Jesus spoke to the man who invited him to eat. He would teach a very simple yet powerful message. Don’t just invite people who may be able to give you something in return. Invite those who will not be able to give you anything in return. While you will not receive an immediate repayment, you will be repaid at the resurrection. It can be easy to do certain things looking for some kind of reciprocation on the part of others. Yet, Jesus is helping us to see it’s not about what others may be able to give to us. God sees what we do. Those good deeds will not go unnoticed.
I must have considered these passages in the past because in the margin of my Bible I have written, “Luke 6…Do Good.” Jesus spoke about doing good back in that chapter. He’s teaching the same thing in Luke 14. Let’s do good. We will be repaid at the resurrection.