“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 neighbors; 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
Blessing…it is what Jesus talked about. Happiness is what the world offers, which is fleeting at best and leaves quickly, based on circumstances. Blessings stay.
Jesus gave the listeners some ways to receive the blessing of God. He told them to invite people to their homes for dinners or banquets, but they should be people who do not have the means to invite them back. “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.”
Jim Elliot was an evangelical Christian. Years ago, this man felt the call of God to give freely to those who had no means to repay. He wanted to take Jesus to a group of people who had not yet heard. But while on the mission field, he was one of five missionaries who were killed in his attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador. He gave his life so that others could hear the Gospel. And others did. His wife Elizabeth stayed in the area where her husband had died and the very man who had killed her husband became a believer. His life was so changed that he became a much loved member of her family, almost like a grandfather to her children.
Jim Elliot lived what Jesus was saying. He was not looking for happiness or payment. He was looking to grow the Kingdom of God. This is what Jim said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Jim Elliot lived and died knowing that Jesus said, “You will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Talk about blessing!