Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12-14 (NIV)
Too often we can find ourselves in situations where those who give expect something in return for their giving or those who receive will feel obligated to return the favor. This type of situation can be especially difficult for those who are unable to return the favor or cannot repay. It can also be difficult for those who feel the pressure to comply with some of the demands that appear to be coming from the giver. This passage reminds us that the earthly reward is not what we should be seeking. May we focus on doing the kind of good that can only be repaid or rewarded by the Lord, our God “at the resurrection of the righteous.” Amen.