Day 189 – Nice Cuppa Tea?
On: May 8, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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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 neighbours; 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
Of all the 189 days so far spent with Jesus in Luke’s gospel, today needs the least unpacking and reflection. It is crystal clear what it says and means. There is but one question. Will I do as Jesus commands? Actually two questions – assuming I can negotiate my way past the first: How will I do what Jesus commands?
Today’s verses require homework: drawing up a list of who I might bless. And how, that it might be appropriate to them; comfortable, not intimidating. Maybe, I need to start simply – by inviting someone round for a nice cuppa tea? Or sharing a burger and chips?
And, before I start to feel at all pleased with myself, I will simply be expressing, to others, the grace I have received in being able to know Jesus in the first place. Entirely undeserved and at his instigation.
Warning: most likely, this won’t be glamorous or comfortable, and the reward will come beyond this life.
Pondering how I might approach Jesus’ call to dine with those with whom I wouldn’t normally do so, I got thinking of elderly people.
Why? They’re on my doorstep and, as I start to get a bit older myself, I can see the loneliness that many, particularly when they have lost life partners, have to live with. I might be able to help.
How? I was invited to speak to the mid week group of retired folk at my church recently: about the world of fashion. Would they be interested? You bet. We had a great chat, not just about how they could spruce themselves up (their idea, not mine!), but about some of the difficult issues faced by this great industry. I found chatting to them really easy.
What about you? Rather than scratching your head about how you might wander the streets of a local borough searching out the “needy” (and failing to actually do anything, as its not easy), maybe there is a group on your doorstep, or indivduals known to you, that you could engage with.
Perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet? Except that, we are very likely to find that this is not an unpleasant task at all, but a real blessing … to us, as well as them.
Father God, please help me to break the pattern of my normal priorities and bless those in need, whatever the cost, however unrecognised. Amen