Lk14:12-14 – Then Jesus turned to his host and said, “When you throw a banquet, don’t just invite your friends, relatives, or rich neighbors—for it is likely they will return the favor. It is better to invite those who never get an invitation. Invite the poor to your banquet, along with the outcast, the handicapped, and the blind—those who could never repay you the favor. Then you will experience a great blessing in this life, and at the resurrection of the godly you will receive a full reward.”

Jesus was relentless in His constant view of eternity. For those who have not tasted eternity its not even in the equation of what we say and do. Oh, there may be empty platitudes about heaven and such but there is absolutely no real value placed on anything other than this life. Jesus made it clear that our actions here in this world were also rewarded here but that was in no way ever His emphasis. His eyes and His heart were fixed on eternity. He lived and taught everything with heaven in His main view. In today’s passage He spoke about the value of helping the poor in this life and said we would see a significant reward in heaven as a result. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this truth.

“Blessed in the act of doing good, which furnishes more happiness than riches can give, and blessed or rewarded by God in the day of judgment.

They cannot recompense thee. They cannot invite you again, and thus pay you; and by inviting them you show that you have a disposition to do good.

The resurrection of the just. When the just or holy shall be raised from the dead. Then God shall reward those who have done good to the poor and needy from love to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ministering to people that have no way of paying you back displays the true nature of the heart. It is one thing to be a blessing to those who can reciprocate in this world, it is something entirely different to bless those who have nothing. This is a clear display of God’s love working in God’s people, we minister to the poor because the Lord has put that in our hearts. There is a blessing in this life as we serve the hurting, what happens in the life to come will surpass anything we can even imagine.

2 thoughts on “PARTY GUEST LIST”

  1. Can’t help but find it so God like to open our eye’s to the relevance of eternity, impart it as a book marker in our thoughts, then have us immersed in simple everyday tasks. Never to be overwhelmed but continually updated on what He is doing. The goings on of this world are resting on the only shoulders capable of carrying that weight. I need only to love Him and my neighbor, He takes care of the rest.

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