In Luke 14:13-14, Jesus tells us to give to those who can’t pay us back. Why? Jesus answers, "You will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. But you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
“Repaid at the resurrection of the righteous?”
“Repaid” simply means “paid back”. Think with me here! Will we be “paid back” according to the currency of the heaven and earth that is melting away … or …
“Paid back” according to the currency of the heaven and earth that is being built eternally new?
Thinks of this. When Christ appears and gathers us all in heaven …
And we see him in all of his “glory” (exquisite splendor) ...
And we meet the multitudes of saints starting from Adam until this present day ...
And they are all clothed in righteousness as we will be ...
And we see the angels and they call us to join them in angelic praise ...
And we begin to sing, dance, and praise God in a manner we have never been able to achieve on the old earth.
And then Christ walks up and calls you by name and says, “Welcome, Jeff, to the new heaven and earth!”
“Come Ann, let me show you the mansion I have prepared for you.”
“Over there, Dennis, is the great banquet hall. You will find you place next Jeremiah and Isaiah.”
And you pinch yourself and realize you are walking with the Lord Himself.
And you say, “I can praise you Lord, but I have nothing that can contribute to the beauty and splendor of this marvelous place.”
And Jesus chuckles and then says, “Do you see all the mansions on 5th street?”
“Yes, Lord, they are gorgeous!”
“The fourth one in on the left is yours.”
“And do you see that large building radiating behind your mansion?”
“Yes Lord. It’s glowing from within.”
“That’s your storage vault. And it’s filled with treasures designed and designated for the new heaven and earth!
“B-B-B-But Lord, who filled it?”
Matthew 6:20 – Jesus said, “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”
More Sunday …