Jesus said something interesting in Luke 14:
“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.”
Last Sunday, we tried to take that verse literally and seriously. I desperately wanted to do this for so long. We held our second "Grace Banquet" to create an atmosphere where people feel what the family of God is all about. We invited residents from all of our 7 buildings to a banquet.
We played bingo, had a WII "Just Dance" competition and enjoyed amazing food from our brother Shawn (a recent graduate of culinary school.) I can't tell you the joy that filled that room. It was incredible. The Light that filled that room was polar opposite to the darkness that fills these residents rooms every day.
For a couple hours they weren't defined by their addictions or struggles. For a brief window of time at this Grace Banquet they were happy. They were in a room flooded with light.
For people so used to being thrown scraps of the leftoveres, they were lavished with the best we could offer. They were pampered. They were treated like the friends that they are.
One thing that is missing in the TL is laughter and happiness. Our friends were literally cracking up—busting up laughing! Everyone had so much fun.
Pray that they would remember this joy they felt. Pray that they would realize that the joy that comes from the Lord and fellowship with his people is so much better than any drug, any drink or any man/woman.
Would you consider having a banquet or nice dinner for a bunch of people who can't repay you? Just consider it! You'll probably be blessed too.