Invest: Competitive Christians?

“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.’ ” (Luke 19:24-26)

How seriously do you take the idea that there will be rewards in heaven for those who have served Christ well during this life? Does it motivate you to try harder? Does it ignite your competitive spirit? Does it make you willing to sacrifice more, to get up earlier, to dig deeper?

invest_350We’re not talking about your salvation here, necessarily. However, this servant’s inaction could have been the result of not really believing the king would return. In Matthew’s version of a similar story, the inactive servant is thrown out of the kingdom. But many immature believers also seem to have decided that since works can’t save us, God doesn’t care about works.

That could not be more wrong. God created good works for us to do before we were ever saved. Paul describes his whole life as a kind of fierce competition to serve God faithfully for which he would be rewarded. And Jesus’ story here strongly suggests that some will receive more than others for their effective work for him.

Think: How are you investing your life, the one he gave you?

Pray: Thank God that he rewards those who serve him. Ask him to help you to be motivated by that in the best possible way.

Do: Make a quick list of the top 3 rewards you’ve earned so far in your life. Think about what makes those rewards valuable to you.