13th September 2017

Reward points

“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…”
Matthew 5:12 (NIV)

Do you have the problem of a bulging wallet or purse, due to a plethora of reward cards? What was intended by the retailer to be a benefit to faithful customers, can often be a complete nuisance when trying to locate the specific card amongst the myriad others when making a purchase. Forgive the terrible pun, but these cards can be ‘counter-productive.’

Christians accept that Jesus paid the price for our sins by His sacrifice. We cannot earn salvation—that is a fact. Jesus loved us enough to die for us. 1 John 4:19 tells us, “We love because he first loved us.” As if that was not enough, rewards are recorded in the scriptures. Our reward(s) in heaven depend on the goodness and power of God. These are not material as we consider rewards in this world. Paul writes about us receiving what is due to us in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” A sobering warning that our unrepented deeds have consequences. “God will repay each person according to what they have done” says Romans 2:6.

We are encouraged to be faithful in the work of the Lord—it will be worthwhile. Read it in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” Our God is a God of love and is eager to pour blessings upon us.

Jesus gave us our first rewards when He died for us—forgiveness and the promise of eternal life and this is our inheritance. A further reward is being able to see God face to face. It won’t get better than that! The apostle Paul clearly understood that God will reward His children abundantly, but as to the precise nature of these rewards, they are beyond our comprehension now in our physical state. “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’—the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

We have a loving Father who wills us to remain faithful to Him and to eventually rejoice over all that He has in store for us.

Prayer
Amazing Father, we thank you for all the surprises that you have in store for us—most of all we thank you for Jesus who has made our sonship possible.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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