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CHARITY

December 5, 2015

Saturday

 

Luke 14:13-14

 

But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

 

 

LESSON

 

We cannot be certain that the ruler of Luke 14 was a silent believer like the ones mentioned in John 12. Perhaps he was not, because he had invited Jesus to dinner at the risk of criticism from his fellow Pharisees. But one thing we do know is that he was a believer, for if he had not been, then a guarantee of reward could not have been given to him. “What a fortunate host this man was! In return for this dinner, he gets from our Lord an invaluable lesson in Christian etiquette.

If a believer uses his hospitality to entertain people who have no way of repaying him for it, God Himself becomes the Paymaster. And the resurrection of the just, which includes of course the Judgment Seat of Christ, becomes the payday! “When was the last time that you or I extended hospitality in such a way that it would only be repaid to us in that future resurrection payday?

Maybe we should rethink our guest lists!”

 

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:7

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