Monday: 5th November , 2018
Reference text: Luke 14:12-14
Luke 14:12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors—for they will invite you back, and in this way you will be paid for what you did.
Language is a rather interesting thing because all it takes is a single word in place of another and the content, meaning and intention behind an entire sentence takes on a whole new dimension. As an example: when ‘may’ is replaced with ‘will’, without making any other alterations, there is a complete transition from a state of doubting to clear certainty- that is the power of a word.
The focus today is on the first few words of Jesus in the Gospel: you can call it a surgical dissection of those words. Amongst all the words that could have been used, ‘WHEN’ is chosen in this text; hence, the words: ‘when you have a dinner or lunch’. This was not about ‘if’ which creates an element of impossibility, but ‘when’ that confirms a certainty only awaiting an appointed time.
A dinner or lunch is a time to be happy. Therefore, there ought to be a time ‘WHEN’ one is able to rejoice and also invite others to share in that joy. Probably not in the manner Jesus mentions, but one cannot live the entirety of their lives knocked down, with no sparkle, joy or anything to cheer about. Even though that may be your current reality, all that will change because the fact that it is ‘WHEN’, implies it is on the way. Just stay expectant.
Remember # joy will come because it is a part of the believer’s life, not a luxury product.