Reward that Lasts

Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.13Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.14Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.(Lk.14:12-14 NLT)

We work for rewards or payments. It is normal. Bible says that the worker is worthy of his wages. However, there are rewards that are temporary and those that are eternal.

Giving to get back

People invest their money to get returns. This is true with material things. But as a Christian, our priority should be God’s kingdom and its values. We should work for eternal rewards rather than temporal accolades. In real life relationships we should not plan our moves with the best material benefits. We must invest our time, skills and money with utmost care so that we can reap the best returns in eternity. The lives that were blessed and transformed because of our investment, both material and spiritual, will be our greatest reward in heaven.

Rejecting God’s invitation

There are times when God offers His invitation to the most religious and pious people. But they are too busy in their religiosity and ritual piety that they refuse God’s invitation. This seems too insignificant for busy people like them. God’s offer is free and unconditional, equally open to both the pious and the rebel. It is open to the wise and the simple. But people stumble over its simplicity.

God, however, will have His party going and there will be unexpected guests at His table. It is against normal religion that God accepts all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, regardless of their backgrounds. The focus is on what they become through their surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The invitation is still open today.

Have you accepted the invitation yet?

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