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God Rewards People

January 26, 2016

Grace to you! Think about what the following things have in common. What makes the field of psychology so popular? What is it that drives students to get better grades? Why did you start the New Year’s resolution? All of these have as their end goal a reward. Psychology seeks to help people have a better life. The student wants the reward of passing and perhaps parental approval. Your New Year’s resolution promises to reward you with better living in 2016. If you think about it, there is nothing you do that somewhere in the mix there is not an incentive to some type of reward. In short, there is a payoff for everything we do, including the things we don’t want to. Perhaps the reward of doing the things we don’t want to do is to be rewarded with less desirable consequences. But biblically speaking, why is it that we move towards what we believe rewards us the most?

The reward motif is the essence of human motivation and actions. God has so wired us to live for the greatest reward. Did you know that God promises rewards for certain people in the Bible? Let’s take a brief look at some of the people God will reward one day. There is a reward for those who love the Lord Jesus and look in anticipation for His return. “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8) How about you? Are you excited about Jesus coming back, possibly even today? Are you even ready to meet Jesus? Do you know Him as Lord and Savior? You can’t be excited about meeting Him if you don’t even know Him.

The Lord also promises to reward believers who remain faithful in great trials and persecution, even if it means them losing their life! “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10) Do you know that by keeping your eye on the end prize it will help you to endure whatever suffering you go through in this life? It doesn’t mean the suffering will go away, but when you consider what awaits you for remaining faithful then you can endure the trial better.

The scary side is that God also promises to reward the unbelievers. They will be given eternity apart from Christ to coincide with how they wanted life this side of heaven: life without Jesus. Let this be an incentive for you, if you don’t know Christ, to seek the greater reward which is Christ Himself.

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