Rewards are a good thing. Rewards are a positive thing. Nowhere in the bible or in life in general could the word “reward” be used and those who hear that word equate it with something negative.
If that’s the case, then why are so many Christians not experiencing rewards or good things in life? If you took a poll of the average church congregation I would venture to say that more bad things are happening in the lives of Christians than good things.
Rewards are the end result of a life of voluntary compliance. Rewards are given at the end of the race, not at the beginning. Diligently seeking God will always end in rewards of some kind.
Oh sure you will hear the random testimony here and there or a praise report now and then but by and large the lives of those within the Body of Christ don’t seem the be running over with rewards.
We attend church “religiously” every Sunday. We volunteer our time. We are “nice” to one another. Yet, there seems to be a shortage of rewards showing up in the Body of Christ.
Diligence yields Rewards
Hebrews 11:6 is a coin that has two sides. One side of Hebrews 11:6 requires the person that comes to God to believe that He exists. Do you believe that God exists? That sounds like a pretty lame question to ask a Christian right?
It’s one thing to intellectually accept that the Word of God is true and that God exists by admiring it and agreeing with it but not allowing it to have an impact on your life.
It’s clearly another to accept it and embrace it as something you tailor your life by. You cannot believe that something or someone exists and not do what that entity tells you to do.
I believe that the IRS exists. I have more than embraced the IRS as a concept that exists out there somewhere. No, I believe that they exist so strongly that I make every attempt to do what they tell me to do, by paying my taxes. Those who believe that the IRS exists (believe to the extent that they obey the tax laws) break even and owe nothing or receive their reward of a refund at the end of the year. Belief without compliance cannot exist.
So we’ve established that believing that God exists equates to doing what He says. Now let’s look at the other side of the coin.
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. When I use the word, “reward” I’m not saying that the recipient of God’s rewards are people who walk around with no financial problems, no health problems, no family problems, no issues on the job, and no conflict in their lives at all.
I believe rewards are given to those who diligently seek God AS THEY GO THROUGH life’s challenges. Holding fast to God and His Word and refusing to be moved by the issues of life will yield rewards when the challenges of life are overcome through faith.
Rewards are given after the work is done
Rewards are the end result of a life of voluntary compliance. Rewards are given at the end of the race, not at the beginning. Diligently seeking God will always end in rewards of some kind. Even the celebrated life of Job ended with Job receiving more from God than he started out with.
With all the calamity that took place in Job’s life, Job said in Job 13:15, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him”. If that’s not seeking God, I don’t know what is. Job had unshakable faith and trust in God. And as a result of his diligence, we see the reward he received.
If you’re experiencing a rough patch in your life right now I encourage you to remain diligent. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. The diligent seeking of the Lord will always be rewarded. You have His Word on it!