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Daily Devotional – December 18

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We always like to get something back from our investments. Money we put in the stock market is done so with the hope of gain. A gift sent to a client is given with the hope of gaining more business. Even a favor for a friend might be done with an eye on a future time when the favor will be returned. The unspoken mantra is, “What’s in it for me?”

Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 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.

In the margin of my Bible next to verse 14 is written, “disinterested goodness.” This verse exhorts US to invest with no hope of return, to do good without an eye on the immediate future. Jesus tells us to show hospitality to those who cannot return the favor, an act of goodness but a disinterested one. It is “disinterested” in the sense that it is not a good deed deposited with hopes of gaining something in return.

Is it really hospitality when we invite someone to our home who we enjoy having? Perhaps as we define hospitality it is, but it will not meet the standard of what Jesus set before us. He instructs us to reach out to the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind (v. 13).

Moving into this final week of Christmas, what are your plans?

(A Bereans Classic)

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December 18, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

2 Comments »

  1. I am struck by this man’s beautiful smile and my own selfishness and disobedience to the words of the Lord. This is a time for prayer-driven action.

    Comment by helenl | December 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. Me too, Helen! ME TOO!

    -Jack

    Comment by bereans | December 18, 2006 | Reply


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