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Invited to God’s Banquet Table

A Banquet Table Set by God

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” (Luke 14:12-14, ESV).

Turning My Page:

Hospitality is often a gift attributed to girls; my daughter has it in spades. She has pulled out her fall decorations and filled our home with the sights and smells of fall. She has added pillows and pumpkins throughout the house, and our table is set and ready to receive any fall guests. She loves having friends over and preparing teas and games for them. Hospitality is a part of her character.

But women are not the only ones gifted by God with hospitality. Reading my friend’s new devotional, A Place at His Table, reminds me of how Daniel, my now sixteen-year-old son, invites people to God’s table. He has had several friends ask him lately about his faith because he spends time with them and is open about his loss of his brother and his struggles with a God who allows suffering.

When my son was an infant, he was a people person. He never wanted to snuggle against my shoulder; he must face outward because that is where the people are.

For two introverted parents, this took some getting used to. He was always getting in strangers’ personal space and didn’t know what to do with himself when there were other kids to play with.

At four years old, it became apparent that I would crush his God-given spirit if I didn’t learn to appreciate his people-loving personality and stop trying to keep him from pestering others. Balance? Yes. Understand the give and take of relationship? Absolutely. He needed guidance to utilize his gift of hospitality, but I recognized that my reaction had much more to do with my fear of what others thought of me as a parent. So I prayed. I prayed that God would open my eyes to the beauty of Daniel’s love for others and ways to shape and strengthen his understanding of the needs of others.

God opened my eyes in a big way to the profound gift He had given to Daniel. I was facilitating a Beth Moore study called The Inheritance, all about the thread of God’s love and good gifts for his people from Genesis to Revelation. Each week, I came early to set up our room in purple and pink tablecloths and placed tiaras and jewelry on each table.

My son had to come with me one day to set up, and as we walked across the parking lot, he spotted a mother on the playground with her child. He called out to her, and I braced myself for what would come out of his mouth. He began waving his arms. “Hey! Hey! She’s having a party, come on in.”

In an instant, my whole attitude changed. No one would miss an opportunity for an invite to God’s table when Daniel was around. I caught a glimpse of the joy of the Heavenly Father, who invites us, even when we are still strangers to His will, into his heavenly banquet.

I’ve never looked at my son’s gifts the same. I find delight in the fact that he notices people and points to God’s love for others. I love the tenderness he develops in sharing his faith with others and meeting his friends where they are in their struggles. He’s grown a bit more shy as a teenager, but he loves hanging with others, and it is such a pleasure to guide and shape his love for people. He makes me want to be bolder and joyous in my invites to God’s grand party.


Turning Your Page

Hospitality is not just a characteristic that a few select people have. All who believe in Jesus Christ and take up our cross are called to open our hearts and homes to others. Even if it doesn’t come naturally, how much more does it say to those who feel rejected when we love them and invite them to the same banquets we ourselves are invited to?

It is essential to note from the Luke 14 context that Jesus was invited to a banquet, and people were fighting over the place of honor. Jesus pointed out that we should take the furthest seat (humble ourselves) to give preference to others and allow God to elevate us to the position he has for us.

God wants all of us to come to His banquet. Some will reject the invitation, and some will accept. How can you invite someone to feast with you at God’s table?


Lord of the banquet, it is your will that all have a seat at your table. Help me, as one who once felt I was not worthy to feast at your table, recognize your prompting, and cultivate hospitality in my home, faith, and hope in You. Amen

12 responses to “Invited to God’s Banquet Table”

  1. Excellent post. Daniel reminds me of one of my granddaughters. I couldn’t imagine where this extroverted baby came from. We are all such introverts. Eden has taught us much about hospitality .

    • Karisa Moore says:

      I couldn’t either. We certainly need both personalities in this world. Both of my kids draw me out and encourage new adventures with God.

  2. Jeannie Waters says:

    Karisa, your post is a beautiful reminder of how God’s love can be shared through hospitality. I need to meet your Daniel. What a treasure and what wisdom you shared. Thank you.

    • Karisa Moore says:

      That moment with Daniel always makes me think of God’s infinity banquet table photo. It has been such a treasure reading your book and remembering these moments with my kids.

  3. Terri Miller says:

    It amazes me sometimes just how different God has created us all to be. I would like to be more like your son, and perhaps, there are people out there who would like to be more reserved like me. Somehow our difference bring balance and variety to this world.

    I like thinking of God excitedly waving us over to his table. The diversity of those gathered there is like one big, happy family.

    • Karisa Moore says:

      What a delightful picture. “Come sit with me Terri, I’m glad to have you at my table!” “Over here Karisa, I have a seat for you right here!”

      We have such a good God and each person, made in God’s image, reveals a bit of his glorious character.

  4. Such a beautiful message, Karisa. Daniel is a wonderful example for all of us. As a fellow introvert, I identify with your “cringe” when Daniel invited a stranger to you Bible study. But what a wonderful role model he is for all of us! Thank you for sharing this inspiring lesson and for connecting others to Jeannie’s book. Blessings!

  5. Yvonne Morgan says:

    Such a beautiful picture of how we should invite others to the table. I loved your son’s example and prayer more of us can become that inviting.

    • Karisa Moore says:

      Yvonne, thank you. I’m so grateful that God sets so many examples in scripture, our own testimony of how he invited us to His table, and in our circle of influence.

  6. Annie Yorty says:

    You’ve done a great job of explaining heart hospitality, Karisa. Your son reminds me of my son, who also dragged along his introvert parents. Blessings to you!

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