March 23/Luke 14

Anybody want to make an investment guaranteed to give you a good return? No I’m not talking about the stock market or buying gold or silver. I’m not talking about beach front property in Florida. I’m not talking about buying municipal  bonds in Fergus Falls. All those investments are risky. They cannot guarantee a safe return. Jesus was talking about investing in verses 12-14.

Verses 12 -14 > We all tend to hang out with people we feel comfortable with; people we can identify with. This has gone on in our lives from the time we were infants to this present age. If I try to take a baby who isn’t familiar with me from her mother the baby will usually cry and reach out for mommy. Surely you have all experienced that, well except for Cleo, no baby has ever resisted her! But I’m talk about the rest of us. All through growing up we have congregated with those people who have our same social status, or same interests, or similar backgrounds, those who don’t intimidate us, etc.

In these verses Jesus is challenging us to meet people we are not comfortable with or don’t know much about; people we would normally not associate with. It could be someone in a wheel chair, someone a little mentally challenged, someone that has a bit of body odor, someone who we usually see by themselves, someone who if we did something kind for them probably wouldn’t pay that kindness back or wouldn’t have the resources to pay that kindness back.

When you think about it who else is going to be able to introduce them to Jesus or be an encouragement and help to them? Jesus said if we would reach out to the supposedly unreachable or an untouchable God would reward us! Think about that. God notices and is thrilled and is ready to reward those who make the effort to leave their group to do something kind for those outside the group. Have you ever wondered how to touch the heart of God? This kind of action touches his heart so much so that he will reward! How will he reward? I don’t know but he will reward you in heaven. This is a way to store us treasure in heaven.

We could start right at Hilltop. There must be people that come to Hilltop that you don’t associate with or don’t want to associate with for whatever reason. They may act a little weird during worship. In your eyes they may be a little slow. Their children may be a little unruly. You are getting the picture right? Why not get out of your comfort zone and go over and talk with them. Maybe take them out for lunch and find out all you can about them. Father God would love it! Would you at least do it for him? His heart is people. In fact God considers people his rich inheritance. Can you imagine that!

Ephesians 1:18 (NLT) — 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

When we reach out and do this we are actually reaching out and doing it to Jesus. Maybe this will help. When you look at the person or persons you are going to reach out just picture that you are reaching out to Jesus. Hilltop people let’s not have any untouchable people in our midst. Let’s one by one, touch them all! This would be acting like Jesus because he did reach out to all people. This is just practical Christianity.

Let me know how it goes. I want to hear about your experience and you can ask me about mine.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Jesus also spoke about the trap of status. If you think too highly of yourself you will suffer imbaresment. While if you see others as more important than you, you could end up being honored in heaven. So how do you see yourselves?