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Sharing Your Big Table

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Luke 14:12 “And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13 "But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

This is one of the less convenient, and not so popular teachings of Jesus. Everything about this directive from the Lord screams it is inconvenient, uncomfortable, awkward, and possibly a risky command to follow. We set up our homes for our comfort, our convenience, and our ability to come home and relax. There is no sin in this, it is just what we do. This command would most certainly upset the balance of this priority in our lives. Nevertheless, this is something Jesus said to do.

Jesus calls us to reach outside of our comfortable lifestyles, and extend a hand to those who are among the outcasts, the rejected, and the unwanted people in society. As Americans we have big tables, meaning we have tables that are able to be shared because we have more than enough to live every day, even by American standards of life. We know it, the whole world knows it. We do not contend with extreme poverty (living on less than $1.60 a day) in our nation, we deal with relative poverty – compared to Bill and Melinda Gates we are all poor.

As Christians, we are a part of the legacy of a kingdom where Jesus said to invite the outcasts and rejects to our big table. Yes, this is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and very messy – but we belong to a compassionate God whose legacy is caring for the outcasts and rejects when no one else will. You can start as many believers have, by sponsoring a child through great international relief agencies like Compassion International or by supporting any other number of amazing agencies working with LIVE58. Maybe volunteer your time at a local homeless shelter, or perhaps work with a local agency feeding the poor. If you are setting aside money to give to your local church, perhaps you could start setting aside some of your money to specifically help those in need as well.

We have big tables, Jesus said to share them. We have the chance to be a part of a great legacy. 

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