And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. “But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Lk 14:12–14; NASB)
I was watching a program where one person was talking to another about their party invite list. They had to invite this person because they went to their party last time, and they wanted to invite this particular person because they heard he throws a great party and wanted to be invited to the next one. They were locked into a vicious circle. I'm sure they were only thinking about the return from their invite, but Jesus tells us we are to invite everyone to the party, and the greatest party I can think of is the one we will have in heaven!
I have been to churches were a new person walks in, and instead of welcoming them to the family, they were not even talked to because they did not look like everyone else. Some people are not as well off as others, but does that mean they do not need the Lord? What impression do you think we give off when we ignore this person because they are poor, blind, or crippled? Is it the same impression Jesus gives when he east with them and talks with them or just wants to be around them? When a person walks into a church because they have heard for years about how Christians love everyone and yet they are ignored because of the way they look or smell, we have failed. It is at this point that we are no longer an effective agent for Jesus. That person may never walk through the door of another church. They may never believe in the agape type of love God has for his children. They may never believe the real Christian that invites them to the "open to those who accept" celebration banquet in heaven. So, let's accept people for who they are, children of God, and invite everyone we come in contact with. Invite. Invite. Invite.