Luke 14

Read Luke 14.

There is a lot that has changed in the world since Jesus walked the earth in the first century, but there is also a lot that hasn’t, one of those things being the way we celebrate important occasions. Like those around Jesus in Luke 14, we enjoy a good meal to mark everything from holidays to important accomplishments. So, we know what it’s like to be invited and also what it’s like to do the inviting, which Jesus is counting on as he tells the two parables at the heart of this chapter.

First, Jesus explores the attitude of the one invited. There can be an impulse to get there early to try to get the best seat, but as Jesus points out, wouldn’t it be humiliating if you were asked to move when others arrive? His point is one that applies to each of us–it is the humble who will be exalted in his kingdom.

Second, Jesus explores the approach of the one doing the inviting. There can be an impulse to invite those who can return the favor, but Jesus says it’s better to invite those who can’t repay you. In the parable, those invited first are seen to be making the same kind of calculations as the host, deeming their time too important for this banquet. Even once the “poor and crippled and blind and lame” came in, there was still room. It wasn’t a lack of space that was keeping out those first invited but their own pride. Again, his point applies to each of us–our ego tells us to consider what others can do for us, but Jesus calls us to serve those who have need.

There is a lot that has changed in the world since Jesus walked the earth in the first century, but his call to humbly serve those around us certainly isn’t one of them. Watch today for opportunities to serve those around you with humility and hospitality.

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