Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Luke 14:12 When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.
Jesus is addressing the host who has invited Him for a meal, but He is also addressing all the other people in the room. Does that mean we can never invite friends of family round for dinner and have a good time with them? No, of course not. But it does mean that we should have at least some occasions when we invite people outside our 'normal' circles as well so that they too can enjoy a meal, the conversation and the company.
Jesus is really talking in this verse about limiting your hospitality to those who will reciprocate and so make a tight and exclusive circle of mutual invitations - particularly if you think that you are being generous by inviting these people. You are not really doing it selflessly for them, but at best for the whole group and perhaps even selfishly for yourself so that you get invited out.