Scripture: Luke 14:12-13 Then [Jesus] turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” He said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Devotional: In this week’s devotions, we will see how Inclusive, in God’s kingdom, means you are invited. In today’s passage, Jesus knew his hosts had invited their chosen guests from a sense of exclusion and pride. However, Jesus’ invitation is for everyone, regardless of past mistakes, choices and decisions.
Jesus did all the heavy lifting and offered salvation as a gift. We are all saved by grace through faith which should rule out any hint of spiritual pride in the way we treat and interact with others.
Unfortunately, the church, and church people to be more specific, can drift into a holy huddle, excluding those who are different from us. Friends, this should not be! That’s why we often say at Sunnybrook that we are a place where everyone’s welcome, nobody’s perfect, and anything is possible.
And we mean it.
- Have you ever felt excluded - like you don’t know enough, aren’t smart enough, or aren’t good enough? Jesus welcomes you to His table with open arms.
- What can you do as part of God’s family to invite others and make them feel included?