So, did you miss “Laura’s Essential Life Lists” yesterday? I know, I know! Tuesday is her regular day, but remember how she was totally stunned last week to find that she wasn’t going to get her new automatic dishwashing machine by doing good deeds for needy people? It just took her a little longer than expected to recover!
But she’s back, full speed ahead, still set on getting a new dishwasher! Only this time she is trying a new strategy…witnessing and winning souls for Jesus.
So what do you think? Shouldn’t it count for a lot more than just feeding and clothing someone if you help get their soul saved? If you bring them to Jesus? That’s got to count for more, right? Souls are really valuable!
Jesus told a parable that is recorded in Luke chapter 17 which had always puzzled me in a way, partly because of where it was placed (right after the passage about having faith like a mustard seed) and how it is contrary to the way that we want the world to work (the more you work, you’d hope the more you are rewarded).
Here is the end of the parable.
“So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’” Luke 17:10 (NRSV)
We can do less than God wants us to do. We can do everything that God wants us to do, but we can never do more than what God wants us to do. That may be a bit surprising! It was to me, and you can count on it being another shocker to Laura! (Not to spoil any future comic strips, but you do sort of see what’s coming, right?!?)
In the end, perhaps our only reward is God Himself, and really, is that such a bad deal? What if our lives overflowed with the love of God so much that we could not hold back from sharing our faith? Wow!