Here is the text that has fallen upon me to preach on this week. I think it appropriate to consider such things as we approach Christmas and as our American friends celebrate their Thanksgiving.
Luke 14:12-14 – He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Then that got me thinking about what other texts there might be on the same subject. So here are a few more to consider as we get into the most lavish season of the year.
Proverbs 29:7 – A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
Isaiah 58:5-7 Is such the fast that I choose,a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed,and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast,and a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Galatians 2:9-10 – and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.  Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
Ephesians 4:28 – Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
1 John 3:17 – But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?