In this portion of Luke 14, Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruling Pharisee for dinner. As He observes power-mongering and selfishness on display, He takes the opportunity to teach the people and the host about the priorities of God. As believers, we are to see our homes and our tables as instruments for displaying the love of God to needy people. As we are faithful to put God and then others before ourselves, we will realize amazing opportunities to share the gospel of Christ.
At first glance, this text seems to support the idea that if we do good things for people in need, we will go to heaven, but that is far from the truth. Christ does indeed encourage us to manifest righteous behavior and to do good works, but our labors are not what saves us; they are evidences of the fact that Christ has saved us by His work on our behalf. As we are in Christ, we will bear out the fruit of Christ, and one of the most significant fruits of Christianity is our compassion for those in need, particularly our compassion for the fatherless.
The Mercy that God Displayed to His Once Orphaned Children Impacts the Mercy that His Adopted Children Display to Orphans
The more Christians understand their former position as an orphan, the greater burden they will have for orphans. The more Christians worship the God who displayed mercy to them, the more they will show mercy to orphans. Orphan care is a visible picture of the gospel.