Who Is on Your Invitation List? - Your Daily Forward Devotional


Who Is on Your Invitation List?


July 20


Read Luke 14:12-14 (ESV)

He said also to the man who invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 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.



What does the list of people Jesus said to invite tell you about Jesus’ heart?


When thinking about who you could invite over for dinner at your home, who do you consider inviting? When you ask your kids to pick a friend to invite to vacation bible school or Sunday school, who do they think of asking? Now, consider this. When you make your invitation list, are you seeking social time and fellowship or are you seeking opportunities to evangelize and minister to others?


Now, to be fair, there isn’t anything wrong with socializing! We need friendship and fellowship with other believers. But in today’s verse, we get a glimpse into the heart of Jesus. He wasn’t concerned with social hour. He was concerned with meeting the needs of others. His mind was focused on His ministry.


In today’s verse, His point isn’t so much that our friends and family shouldn’t be a part of our lives. His point was that we shouldn’t be exclusive about who we invite into our lives. And we shouldn’t include people just because we stand to gain something from them.


Think of it this way. Jesus invited us into His Kingdom and restored our relationship with God through His sacrifice on the cross. Did we have the status to deserve that invitation? No! Are we able to repay Him? Of course not! But Jesus is telling us to participate in His work by spreading His Good News and inviting everyone into His Kingdom.


So when we consider who we want to invite into our lives, we shouldn’t leave anyone out. In fact, we should go out of our way to look for the outcasts and the ones who are usually excluded— the poor and the needy. Jesus said to invite those who have no way to repay you because it exposes your pure and humble intentions. You aren’t doing anything with ulterior motives and you aren’t expecting anything in return. You are simply inviting people into the fold the same way someone invited you.


Friends, I challenge you to look around and consider who God may have placed in your sphere of influence that could use an invitation. Stretch farther than just church friends who are already believers. Invite people who need to hear the message of Jesus Christ into your home, into your church, into your ministries. Seek to build relationships with them that can bridge the gap between your differences. Invite those over supper who aren’t able to reciprocate. Ask your kids to consider inviting a child to join them at church who doesn’t have as many friends and doesn’t have a church home. The road to eternal life is narrow but the invitation to walk on it is broad!



Jesus, I want to do as You said and invite those who need You into my life. Show me who You would have me build relationships with and keep me from being exclusive when it comes to sharing the Gospel. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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3 months ago
a year ago
Yes I will continue to look for opportunities to invite others into my life as I am led by the Holy Spirit. I pray that God will show me also who those people may be. And I will not just think to interact only with my friends and family. And I will keep in mind that we all needed Jesus to come along side of us and save us although we didn't deserve His invitation to show us mercy and love.
a year ago
My Lord Jesus, I thank You for inviting me into Your upper room where I am welcome to share a meal with You and Your Disciples. So thank You, Lord Jesus, for feeding me with the Bread of Life.
a year ago
Amen, thank you lord for forgiveness of my sin, help me to continue shearing thy words with others and inspiring them to be faithful unto you O lord grow thirsty for thy blessings and mercy in jesus name i pray.
a year ago
Father though we can truly never re pay You, as You have said we must live for and through You to become more like You Father. Jesus You told us that we are to always pay it forward no matter who it may be, we are to help the homeless, widows, children, orphans.
Father as You say we should invite believers and non believers to share Your Truth/Word Gospels, Father You have told us to lead with our hearts in all things which is leading with You and Your Love. Lord You have told us we are to serve and be servents in Your Gracious name, Father please forgive us for the times we we do not do this, for Lord we know things of this world hold no value, True value is The Love and Joy of Jesus Christ, nothing Father can compare to a Love so Pure Perfect in every way. Thank Jesus for being alive within each of us, for Your Holly Spirit who guides us to become more like You Father, I Thank You and Praise Your Holly Name in Jesus name Amen

Hebrews 13:1-2

1. Let brotherly love continue. 2. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

Galatians 5:13 KJV

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

"Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts … It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them."
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a year ago
Joey, my Brother in Christ, I'm doing okay tonight.

Thank you for the simple distinction of my word (was) to (is)... about Jesus. You are right he LIVES (present tense in all of us).

God Bless You my friend!! 💕😇🙏
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