Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14, NIV)
Lord, help us not to live for the reward now, but for the reward that is soul-deep and eternal. Let us trade off our weak search for “power” and “photo-ops” for that which gives life to others and brings us satisfaction that can only be from you.