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More Good News on God’s Rewards!

January 26, 2016

Grace to you! Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at the kind of people God rewards and the type of rewards that God gives. This week we will conclude our study with some final thoughts about what scripture teaches about the nature of future rewards.

The wonder of God giving rewards is not only is it permissible to seek the rewards God gives, but it’s actually a command for us to obey! We are commanded to pursue our eternal joy in and from Christ Himself! In Matthew 6:20, Jesus says, “Lay up treasure in heaven.” This carries the same force as we were warned a few verses prior: “Do NOT lay up treasure on earth.” (vs 19) God’s commands are not burdensome (see Matthew 11:29,30) but a call to obediently pursue our joy in God!

Further, we should share the gospel with as many people as possible. Why? Because of the rewards! First, we glorify God. Second, the more people who are saved the more we have an inheritance in and with them! Paul says he was willing to do lots of things to reach other people so that he himself could share in the blessings! (See 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, especially vs 23) Paul is motivated by the rewards he will receive in seeking to win others to Christ! How about you? You may be afraid about what others think. But consider the rewards you will miss out on if you are not willing to reach others for Christ. Great rewards await those who seek to win others to Jesus. Mediate on this promise to encourage you to tell others about Jesus: “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)

Finally, do you ever wish you could break that habitual sin? For some reason, you just can’t seem to get free from it. What can help me overcome this sin for God’s glory and my good? Again, the motivation of rewards can help us break any sin’s dominion over us. When we consider what we gain in comparison to what we are supposedly losing, then our hearts will be willing to let go of the sin. Sin has “temporal pleasures”. (Hebrews 11:25) But God offers far greater rewards and pleasures. So the choice becomes between choosing sin with a little bit of pleasure or following Christ which has immense, eternal pleasure. If we would take the time to deeply reflect on what God promises us in rewards, then how could we settle for something less? C.S. Lewis said, “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and (illicit) sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us…We are far too easily pleased.”

God asks you today: “Why are you willing to settle for mud pies when I have a banquet table prepared for you? Look to Jesus and see your reward!”

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