Do You Party Like a Cathedral?

Luke 14:12-14
12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

Ouch.
What on earth are you talking about Jesus?
Invite who?
Yep.
You read that right.
Invite the poor, the lame, and the blind.
I think in today's vernacular He might have added, 
"the socially awkward."
"the emotionally draining,"
and "the overly needy."

But it's my party!!!!
This is supposed to be about me!!!
I don't want to have to be around them!
Hmmm.

You see, if we're really going to be cathedrals, then we need to become places of sanctuary.
Could you imagine?
What if we were known for being a safe place for sinners?
What if we were uninterested in quid pro quo and climbing the social ladder?
What if, as my pastor says, we weren't moral policeman handing out tickets, but instead, gospel paramedics?

I'll be honest, I struggle with all of this.
I don't want to invite exhausting people to my functions, but praise God, Jesus invited me to His party when I had nothing to offer.
Right?
And that my friends, is the key.

We will never reach out to the people who lower our social stock, unless we are freed by Jesus to not need it. And so, there's my challenge to us all.
Let's remember how Jesus is our cathedral, and may it give us the power to become one as well.

He is our place of rest, our refuge.
He is the welcoming one.
He is our safe place.
May we in turn, be the same.

Hebrews 4.15,16
15 "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."