Reciprocation

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. But when you host an elaborate meal, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14.12-14

Jesus went to eat a meal at the home of a leader of the Pharisees. He was under scrutiny to see how he would react to different situations. The Pharisees were always trying to find fault with his actions or words.

After healing a man on the Sabbath, Jesus challenges their thinking regarding what they would do in a similar, though perhaps personally, more important circumstance. He teaches a parable concerning the fact that the guests were choosing the more important places to sit.

Jesus then addresses the issue of the one who had invited the people into his home. All are guilty of this situation. So often you invite those who, in turn, will reciprocate and invite you into their home. Christians are to care for those who are unable to reciprocate any action that might be made in their behalf. In this way, Christians are imitating the one who died for them. There is no reciprocal action for that deed other than dying to oneself which will put others’ needs above one’s own.

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