Repay or Reward?
14 January 2009
12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a dinner,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” (Luke 14:12-14 NLT)
You can learn a lot at dinner when Jesus is the guest of honor. Jesus saw that the dinner guests at the home of this prominent Pharisee were trying to get the best seats at the table. Then he observed that the host had invited all his wealthy friends (and rivals) to the dinner. They would then be obligated to repay their host by inviting him to a banquet at their home.
Jesus told his host, “If you invite your friends, family, and rich neighbors, they’ll repay you (and you know it). If you invite the lowest, the least, and the lost, God will reward you.” (And you’ve got to trust him.)
Here’s an interesting question for me: “Am I working for my pay, or am I sacrificing and serving for God’s reward?” One motive is “this worldly” and the other is Kingdom of God living.
It’s a matter of the heart.
Father, you didn’t hire me to work for you, you called me to serve you. Thanks for today’s heart check on my motives and my value system. I serve at the pleasure of my Lord. Amen.