June 12, Reading 3 – Luke 14:1-24

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SAA Notes

Luke records several times that Jesus ate at a Pharisee’s house. What should you learn from this? What lessons was Jesus teaching to his fellow guests in these parables?

SJA Notes

* God Above, please open our hearts to hearken to Your word today.

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

The idea of payment for generosity is one that needs our attention, to understand how it impacts our own lives.

This picture that Jesus gives here, this advice from our King, is to be generous where there is absolutely no earthly return.

But we are not making an investment in a worthless fund.

No.

Because all of God’s word speaks to this, the heavenly realities.

Where is our treasure? Are we investing in spiritual wealth that will be repaid when Jesus returns?

Don’t let the world be the end of what you invest in (because we cannot bring earthly possessions, fame or fortune, with us when we die).

“… Because they cannot repay you.”

Let us be as our King calls us to be.

* Father God in Heaven,

Please help us be generous and lend expecting nothing in return.

Make us more like Jesus today, please dear God.

Amen.

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