By: Ryan Jameson (podcast link above) (love with hooks)
Quick Question Pearl:
Why is it so hard to love people and expect nothing in return?
Human nature leads us to always ask: “what’s in it for me?”…
Matthew 5:46 – “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”
The same concept is also in Matthew 6:2 & 4:
“Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” VS. “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
That second part is about giving, but realize that when love is done sacrificially – the way Jesus taught us to – and not for some selfish motive, it IS giving.
The theme is consistent throughout Jesus’ teachings. The love He calls us to is often sacrificial. Then, rather than find our reward the same way “tax collectors” (or non-believers) do we discover that God can give us much more than any human. Only then is our faith really in God and not in men. When it is, then we find that people that didn’t seem to have much to offer actually were profound influences on us, even beneficial to us. They may not enhance our social status, or even make us laugh. They may make us cringe! Yet, God enriches us in ways we may never fully realize.
In fact…. an amazing thing…. When we aren’t gathered in each others’ names, when we’re not looking to other people for some reward, but really gathered in Jesus’ name, then the promise from Matthew 18:20. Then Jesus is there too. Even when there’s just two or three!
I love the diversity @ the pueblopearl!
Wish we were there!