” The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me… How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD (Psalm 116:6, 12-13).”
One of the things we like to do occasionally is to invite an international student over for dinner on the weekend. Many international students never get to visit a home in their host country. Plus, they are away from their own families, and enjoy the chance to mingle with us and have a home-cooked meal. We have found that these students are quite gracious and appreciative when they visit us.
Jesus tells of a man who was planning to host a big dinner and invited his friends. The problem was that the people he invited chose not to come and they made excuses. They said they were too busy. This made the host angry. He probably felt that the people he invited were not particularly interested in him or his friendship and he felt disrespected. So he openend his house to those who would appreciate a big feast and a warm household, outsiders in society such as the poor and disabled (Luke 14:15-24) If I were one of those guests, I would have been excited and thankful and thought, “Wow, my ship has finally come in”! The host would be my friend forever.
Many years ago, when I was down and out spiritually, Jesus saved me. He is still there, offering his friendship and help. Sometimes, though I find I am too preoccupied with my own problems to take Him up on his offer. I return to trying to save myself. If I am smart, I will take Jesus up on his offer.
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.