Word 4U Today

REWARDS THAT MATTER

REWARDS THAT MATTER

So, we like our theology to be clear. And one thing we hope you can see clear as daylight is this:

choosing to believe in Jesus is life saving. And also life changing.

And that’s pretty non-negotiable. Paul tells it to us straight in Romans 8:37-39. Read it and let that sink in- ‘…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future’ are going to prevent Jesus from holding out his nail-pierced hand for you to reach out to.

‘Oh, so that’s it then? Don’t my selfless acts count for anything?’ Well, first up: be careful. Make sure that your longing for recognition isn’t a sign of a secret selfish motive for giving. We all have to be on guard for this: being a ‘cheerful giver’ (2 Cor. 9:7) means you shouldn’t be checking your inbox every hour for an encouraging message back from the struggling person you sent one to.

But at the same time, the only things that go toward your eternal ‘reward’ are your God-inspired acts of kindness. That encouragement, that love gift may never come back to you, but look at the verse at the top – God sees it all.

He’s got you.

How about money, success, fame? They are, at best,  a means of making God known to the world. They won’t be coming with us to Heaven, so treat them that way, too. Don’t prioritize them over serving others for God.

What Now?

Think of the most memorable act of kindness that someone has done for you? Can’t forget it? You think you can do it for someone else, too? Go for it.

‘…He will reward each person according to what he has done’ Matthew 16:27 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

July 6th, 2014

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