Luke 14:12-14, Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Luke 14:21-22, … Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
As we study the Scriptures, it isn’t long before we find that both our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus have a heart for the poor. They have a heart for orphans, widows, and the disadvantaged of society, and so should we. According to the passages above, Jesus wants us to open our hearts and our homes to those who can never repay us for doing so. Not only does Jesus want us open our hearts and homes to the poor and disadvantaged, he wants us to hit the streets seeking to bring them to God’s house!
It is so easy for us to treat our friends, and the folks we love and feel comfortable spending time with, with love and kindness. Even the world does this. Yet, our calling as the people of God is a higher calling. We are called to reach out to all, not simply those we feel comfortable with, but even those we don’t feel comfortable around. We are especially commanded to love and seek after the poor, the orphan, the widows, the strangers (immigrants) and the disadvantaged.
The question is, “Are we?”
James 1:27, Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Just taking a moment to reflect on those red letters of Jesus!