Indulge me as I share a quote that strikes at the core of the soul:
"We're not going to be rewarded for being successful.
We will be rewarded for being faithful."
Rev. Paul F. Gray
No matter what we do or not...there is promised a reward. We do determine what reward we are reaching for; being it monetary, physical, emotional, social and then spiritual. What we invest in the most is where the reward usually comes in...correct?
Is this it? Our hope for life? Are we going about this LIFE that was given to us with the right directive?
Maybe we need to think not only about the reward, but take notice on; WHO is going to give us this reward? Will this reward just reflect ME and stop right at my feet or will my rewards continue on for the generations? One more question; what is the motive that even motivates us to attain the rewards we long for?
Contemplating all of this (if allowed) can move our spirits, bringing us hopefully to a place of total surrender to the One Who did create us for a great PURPOSE; Who has many rewards to shower upon us!
The big problem with humans though is we want our REWARD now! We want to SEE it, play with it, use it and then sit it on shelf for others to see as it collects dust.
Unfortunately, real life isn't like that....recall with me the scripture- deep calls unto the deep (Ps.42:7). The God of the universe formed us, breathed His life into us...made us into HIS image! Life is far more than the rewards that are just temporary ... life is eternal! The mindset of God's children: is to attain the Prize that can both be for now, yet more importantly; for eternity! Furthermore, this type of a reward takes a life time, it requires sacrifice and obedience. As the quote above stated it takes being FAITHFUL!
In my devotions today with my daughter we read Galatians 6, in verse 8 we are given a true hard core lessen of complete truth.
"For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."
Amen! So true as we grow deeper in Jesus, as we face insurmountable trials-the deep now is in tune with the deep: HIS SPIRIT! Our steps each day mean more; affecting other lives for eternity. One great reward...A SOUL, a life changed because of your life...saved from the pits of hell to life everlasting with Jesus! Numero Uno-bestest reward EVER!
God has so much for us here on this earth but even more so in Heaven above! "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'" [Matt. 25:21]
It will be worth it all...when we see Jesus-Just one glimpse of His dear face:
JESUS OUR REWARD!