It seems so selfish. So mercenary. We should just serve people for the sheer joy of it. Well, good news. It’s not selfish. It’s not wrong to want to gain as many rewards as we can. God says to go for it. He says, “Your time is limited here, don’t waste it going after things that won’t last. Go for as many eternal rewards as you can.
4 reasons to run after rewards
Jesus commands us to seek rewards
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and ruste destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven MT 6.19
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens…LK 12.33
Jesus tells us “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Send your treasures ahead. Go after rewards. Get as many as you can. Make it a focus. Don’t put all your energies into gaining this world’s wealth. Put your energy into gaining eternal wealth.
God rewards every single good deed we do as believers, no matter how small.
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” MT 10.42
knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. EPH 6.8
We have hundreds of opportunities every day to send treasure ahead. Any small act of serving – giving a little one a cup of water. Serving your children. Making a meal for a new mom. Doing your job.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. CO 3.23-24.
Every act of service, every prayer, every gift to the poor, every dish washed, every task at work – every single thing we do for the Lord will be rewarded.
God stores our rewards in his heavenly vault where they are safe and secure.
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. MT 6.20
Our rewards in heaven are safe and secure. Not subject to market fluctuations or national economies. So go for it! Send them ahead.
God is waiting for the perfect time to reward us
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. GA 6.9
You may not be rewarded immediately. You may not see your hard work pay off right away. But you will eventually. You will certainly. Often in this life – we see our diligence and sacrifice pay off in the lives of our children. We see our church benefit. But even if we don’t receive our rewards in this life, in due season we WILL reap.
SO: Be zealous for good works!
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:14
Be zealous for good works. Remind yourself that you will be rewarded. Ask Jesus to give you opportunities to serve him. Ask for opportunities to share the gospel. Be zealous to serve your family when you get home from work. Be zealous to give your money to the poor. Be zealous to serve in your church. Serve wherever you can. Set up chairs for the Sunday meeting. Welcome new people. Look around on Sunday morning – is there someone by themselves, someone with no one to talk to? Are there positions in Children’s Ministry where help is needed?
There are tons of opportunities to earn rewards we’ll enjoy forever. Go for them today.