shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matt.
The Savior presents before us the scene of the last judgment when the reward
is given to those upon His right hand, and the sentence of condemnation to
those upon His left hand. The righteous are represented as wondering what
they have done for which they are to be so liberally rewarded. They had had
the abiding presence of Christ in their hearts; they had been imbued with
His Spirit, and without conscious effort on their part; they had been serving
Christ in the person of His saints, and had thereby gained the sure reward.
But they had not had in view the reward they were to receive, and the expectation
of it had been no part of the motive that had actuated their service. What
they did was done from love to Christ and to their fellow-men, and Christ
identifies Himself with suffering humanity, and accounts that all deeds done
in sympathy and compassion and love to men, are done to Him. . . .
In a subordinate
sense we should all have respect unto the recompense of the reward. But while
we appreciate the promise of blessing, we should have perfect confidence in
Jesus Christ, believing that He will do right, and give us reward according
as our works have been. The gift of God is eternal life, but Jesus would have
us not so anxious concerning rewards, as that we may do the will of God because
it is right to do it, irrespective of all gain. . . .
will receive the most abundant reward will be those who have mingled with
their activity and zeal, gracious, tender pity for the poor, the orphan, the
oppressed, and the afflicted. . . . There are about us those who have a meek
and lowly spirit, the spirit of Christ, who do many little things to help
those around them, and who think nothing of it; they will be astonished at
last to find that Christ has noticed the kind word spoken to the disheartened,
and taken account of the smallest gift given for the relief of the poor, that
cost the giver some self-denial. The Lord measures the spirit, and rewards
accordingly, and the pure, humble, childlike spirit of love makes the offering
precious in His sight.
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