Reference text: Luke 14:12-14
Luke 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
The central banks in nearly all countries have very strict policies when it comes to the capitalisation of decentralised banks, hence, it isn’t uncommon to have banks being closed down due to their inability to show they have the financial muscle to stay in business. This may be one factor that accounts for the rigorous checks to ensure that loan applicants are capable of fulfilling their repayment commitments.
The words of Jesus however, seem to suggest doing the opposite of what banks would do… the not so obvious. He uses the image of ‘a dinner invitation’ to tell us not to be skewed in doing good unlike banks who are somewhat selective and very likely to refuse a loan application if applicants don’t meet certain criteria.
The reason banks may be unable to follow Jesus’ suggestions to the letter in their operations is because they ‘can run out of money’ and that will create another influx of concerns. However, one can keep doing good to all and never run out of good deeds. We are always capable of a kind act regardless of where we are, as long as we have the desire to.
So then my dear, if your excuse for refusing to do good is because ‘you could run out’, then try again.
Remember # the depth of goodness in our heart is like a bottomless well- we can always draw water provided we let down a bucket.