TEXT: LUKE 14:7-14
HYMN: EMHB 516 – When we walk with the Lord
‘One good turn deserve another’ is a popular saying that has made many benefactors to look up to the beneficiaries of their kind gesture for reciprocal reward. That is a proof of limited human mind, or better put, carnal mindedness. With this kind of mindset, human expectations are tied to early compensation which is a form of short-payment or being under rewarded.
Since nobody likes to be short-changed, the two lessons Jesus taught His audience are what we must take a cue from. First, we are told not to seek the place of honour or human impression in order to secure social status in any congregation of people, but rather opportunity to serve, which is more important than status in Christian congregation. We are also to open up ourselves for all and sundry for free access, more importantly into the fold of Christ’s kingdom. Both are the important messages from Christ teaching from our text today of which the bottom line is to always look up to God for a greater reward for every act of righteousness in Christ we show to people, both believers and non-believers, “But to the righteous, good shall be repaid” (Proverbs 13:21b).
Expectations of the righteous shall not be cut short according to the scripture. So therefore, expect God’s reward which is the best and the ultimate and stop looking up unto the human side for your pay back. My prayer is that our God will do more exceedingly and abundantly than what you think or imagine in Christ Jesus’ name (Amen).
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 14:12 “Then He also said to him who invited Him, “when you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relations, or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.”
PRAYER: My God, don’t allow my expectations to become void in Jesus’ name. (Amen)