TRUST: Selfishness Rewarded

In the post TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives, the notion of who was working for God in the name of Jesus was accepted by Christ. He said, “40 for whoever is not against us is for us.” Jesus gives us a litmus test to gauge one’s motives or at least serve as a guide for how we should respond. Furthermore, Jesus expanded on the matter that whoever did something for another, especially those who could not do for themselves or those who are less fortunate, in His name would be rewarded. Don’t we all like rewards? It could be internally or externally done, but who does not want to be reward?

TRUST: Selfishness Rewarded is probably going to be controversial and viewed skeptically. Ultimately, it is best to serve out of a love for God, but honestly, how many of us would do that on a consistent basis. Since God knows the heart of man, my personal opinion is that God uses our make up as a means to motivate us to do what is right even though the impetus may not be ideal or right. God knows the answer to who does not want to be reward. He knows we all do.

In Mark 9, He capitalizes on it when finishing His response to the disciples who had told a man who was casting out demons in the name of Jesus.

41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. (NIV)

41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. (NKJV)

I honestly believe that Jesus is saying to the disciples and us that whatever is done in His name will be accepted as viable work and will be reward.TRUST: Selfishness Rewarded. Jesus says no matter how minuscule, a person will be rewarded for doing something for another in the name of Jesus. If a follower of Christ gives someone a cup of water in the name of Jesus, that follower is sure not to lose his/her reward. There are other verses that support this matter. They are below.

Proverbs 14:31
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 19:17
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lordand he will reward them for what they have done.

Matthew 10:42
42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Matthew 25:40
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Acts 10:4
Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.  The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.

Hebrews 10:6
10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

The essence of the matter is captured in 2 Corinthians 8:12 which says, “12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

Most of us, especially in this day and time, would agree that giving someone a cup of water out of kindness and out of knowing we are doing good for Jesus’ sake is a relatively small investment; however, there is no greater investment than doing for the Lord God, because a small act of kindness towards others done in Jesus’ name will be eternally remembered and rewarded. TRUST: Selfishness Rewarded


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