What Jesus Did! 'Moving Beyond the Barter' — Luke 14:12-14

Friday, September 4, 2015

Then Jesus said to the Pharisee that had invited him, "When you give a lunch or a dinner, don't invite only your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. At another time they will pay you back by inviting you to eat with them. Instead, when you give a feast, invite the poor people, the crippled, and the blind. Then you will have great blessings, because these people cannot pay you back. They have nothing. But God will reward you at the time when good people rise from death."
— Luke 14:12-14 NLT
Illustration of Luke 14:12-14 NLT — "When you give a lunch or a dinner, don't invite only your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors."

Key Thought

So much of life is tied up in bartering—I'll do this for you and you'll do this for me. In friendship, the expectation is not explicit. However, the relationship is built upon doing things with and for each other. This is not particularly bad. However, Jesus wants us to follow him into a more redemptive purpose in our relationships. He challenges us to also bless, benefit, and befriend those who cannot repay us for our interest, concern, and kindness. This leaves the rewards of our actions to be the intrinsic blessing of helping someone else and to be a deep trust that it matters to our God—and God promises to remember!

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes to the opportunities you provide me to bless others in Jesus' name. Forgive me when I invest all my time, effort, and interest only in those whom I already know. Use me to bless those from whom I can expect nothing. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:26-27
  • Matthew 5:43-48
  • Matthew 7:12


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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