Scripture: Luke 14:
12Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Observation: The best reward for doing good is not that which we find in this life, but the rewards which we will find in the life to come.
Application: I have seen folks do some wonderful things anonymously and I used to wonder why they wouldn’t want to be known for their good deeds. I think this is the answer. Jesus says, don’t seek a reward from those who you do good for, or even from this life, but do good for those who can’t repay you in this life and you will receive the greatest reward of all at the resurrection of the righteous.
This is the model of true love. True acts of love are not done so that you can benefit from them, they are done because the benefit is in being able to do them. Look at how mothers work for their children, they don’t do it because they want their children to someday repay them, they do it because they love the children.
Yes, you are repaid and rewarded for doing good for those who can’t repay you because in doing so you are laying up for yourself treasure in heaven, but as you do those acts of love and kindness you will be rewarded in the here and now as well in ways that you will not understand until you look into the eyes of those you are blessing.
Prayer: God who loves us,
Thank you for presenting us with opportunities to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven by doing good for those who can never repay in this life. Help me to take every opportunity to show love compassion and kindness to someone who needs it.