Be careful who you show kindness to, Jesus tells us in Luke 14:12-14.
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
It has been a frequent theme with Jesus that when we do things for which we will be rewarded on earth, we have already be rewarded and no reward will be given in Heaven. So He says in this passage.
Jesus advises the host of dinner at the home of Pharisee, don’t invite people to a meal who can reward you for it, invite people who can’t. Thus you will be rewarded in Heaven later.
So this lesson applies to us, as well. If we do things only for those who can reward us in this life, we shouldn’t expect reward in the afterlife.
Jesus never seemed to do things for reward, period. He healed and consoled and aided people out of love, and perhaps that’s a lesson, too. If we do things for others, especially for the poor, the disabled, the sick, the marginalized, the widowed and orphaned — all those whom society casts aside — not for whether there is repayment or reward but because we share Jesus’s love, then greater still should be our reward in Heaven.
It still amazes me the fascination people have for celebrity and people of power. We lavish not only attention on them, but great banquets and feasts. And yet when there is a call to aid the least of our brothers and sisters, so often the response is tepid or derisive. Jesus teaches us to open our hearts and our hospitality and our care to the least among us. Are people not aware or do they don’t care that at stake is repayment at the resurrection of the righteous?