01 October 2013

Heaven's Economy is Absolutely Just

Scripture: Luke 14:12-14 NLT

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.    Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.    Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

Observation: Jesus seems to be speaking of the justice inherent in heaven. We all receive payment for our good actions and choices. They can come from earthly sources via men, or from heavenly ones (often via men). But payment only comes once, and from the source we choose.

Application: I heavily prefer the jaw-dropping generosity of Jesus over the mortal hearts of men. How about you?

Prayer: God, my Father in Heaven, help me to recognize Your hand in all things.  Increase my faith and patience and wisdom, so I can see Your loving design in my life, and keep on following You more and more closely each day, each moment.  So be it, in Jesus' name.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!