God’s Word: Luke 14:1-14
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Jesus would like an invitation to dinner at your home? But seldom does He receive an invitation. Oh you invite others, for sure, your close friends, family and those you want to rub shoulders with. You have a good old time together. But Jesus is often left out. I hear you thinking, “How can I invite Jesus to dinner?” You invite Jesus when you invite those who never get invited out—perhaps you might call them the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. These people would not be able to return the favor. You invite them so you can bless them, not so they can benefit you. When you invite them—you are inviting Jesus.
And when you invite these people, go all out. Don’t just fix beans and cornbread but bring out the best you can afford. And when you set the table, set it as you would want it to be for Jesus—for He will surely be present and aware of what all is happening. And focus the dinner conversation on your guests—do your best to make them feel special like the honored guests. Don’t use the opportunity to toot your own horn but to discover how you can encourage the guests.
There are lonely and discouraged people all around. Seek them out—lift them up—let them feel My love through your hospitality. Seek to discover how you can best help them through their difficulties. Forget about yourself—focus on others. You are My ambassador into the lives of these people. They need your friendship, your counsel, and listening ear. They need to feel special—like honored guests. And what do you get out of this? In blessing others you are blessing Me. In showing honor to others you are showing honor to Me. Your own heart will swell to near bursting with the blessing I will shower on you because of this service to Me—a blessing that reaches to eternity.
God’s Question: Who have you invited to dinner lately?
God’s Promise: When you invite the misfits you are inviting Jesus.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for this simple way we can honor you.
I am Sorry I too often ignore these people—and Jesus.
Thank You for reminding me of this way to honor others.
Please help me willingly prepare meals as a blessing to others.