We are funny people with things that are free. We like to get free stuff now and then, small things that are thrown in as an added bonus. But with something bigger we feel the obligation to pay, or to do something for it. If we are invited to dinner we often take a gift, or feel that we should invite that person back at another time. Jesus once talked about these dinner invitation. “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”(Luke 14 12-14) These poor and crippled are completely unable to pay or do anything to merit the invitation. Such is the invitation we receive from our Lord. Our salvation, our redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ, is a totally free and unmerited gift offered to each of us. We have done nothing for it. We can do nothing to earn it. It is a pure gracious gift of Almighty God. We are, in fact, that poor cripple before God. He has reached out to us and invited us to the greatest banquet possible, life in His presence. Let us rest in Him and rejoice.