Have you ever been around someone who feels entitled?
By that I mean that they think good things should come to them just because they deserve them.
No work involved.
They say, “I’m owed this. It’s mine by default, automatically, and without having to fight for it.”
It goes against our work ethic, one that says we get good things when we put in enough effort.
Spend the time, earn the dime. That’s the way it should be. We work our 9-to-5, and we get our paycheck at the end of the week.
What’s our 9-to-5 in God’s scheme of things?
We read about it in Luke 14:13-14.
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
There are four groups of people we must include in our plans if we want God to bless us, or as we think of it in today’s world, to give us a paycheck for the hard work we’ve put in.
Our 1st Group:
These are people who’ve faced the gauntlet of life and financial success is outside their skillset. They will continue to suffer unless someone gives them a hand up.
Our 2nd Group:
This group was successful at one time, but life has cut them at the knees. It has also taken away their resolve for trying again. They’ve given up.
Our 3rd Group:
Life is against this group from the onset. They never have a chance. Whether health or circumstances, they are doomed from the onset.
Our 4th Group:
Call them nearsighted, on the cusp of trendy things, or just pig-headed, the blind among us can’t see spiritual truth when it knocks them on the head.
It’s easy as Christians to hunker in our churches and clasp hands with the faithful. That’s not what God wants us to do. It’s the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind who have nothing to offer us in return. That’s when God’s blessings begin to kick in.
That’s when our paycheck becomes our due.
When we give God our time, the Lord repays us every time.
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