Today's study takes us where most of us have never gone: Examining the biblical concept of anticipating our heavenly rewards. This lesson is probably the most scripture-laden lesson of this study, so there is no room to claim this is an unscriptural concept.
There are 5 scriptures that describe the reward for five different behaviors;
Motives: praise from God
Good works: will not lose their reward
Praying for our persecutors: great is your reward in heaven
Compassion on the needy: you will be blessed; you will be repaid at the resurrection
Generous living: you will have treasure in heaven
Genuine faith: receive praise, honor and glory when Jesus is revealed.
If we are not to be concerned with our future reward, then why are all these examples placed in scripture?
My Daily Response
"Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy!"
Lord God, it is with great joy that I lift your holy name on high! You are the Great, Almighty, Immoveable, Unchangeable, Perfect, Holy, Creator and Sustainer of your Creation. You are our Source, our Light, our Strength, our Portion, our Comforter, our Deliverer, our Friend. I bow before you, a ruined, hopeless, rebel, bought by the precious blood of the Lamb, who is seated at your right hand making intercession for me, so that I may approach your throne with confidence.
As I bow before your throne, Father, be pleased to hear the cry of my heart: Change my heart, O God; make me the new creation your Word talks about. Teach me to love you by lavishing your love on me. Teach me to fear you by showing me how great my salvation is. Above all, mold me into the man you created me to be; one who will someday hear you say to me,"Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into my joy." Amen
My Daily Meditation
The Servant's Creed
I yearn to know my Lord
Above all fortune and all fame.
To yield to him and love him more,
Then that must be my aim.
In serving Christ through serving men,
His praise I will proclaim.
By grace through faith I press to win
The prize and lift his name.
So when before my Lord I come,
Then I can hear him say:
"Well done, my good and faithful one;
You made the most of what I gave."