Expecting God’s Blessings
In His Presence: Luke 6:38
Sometimes people view working toward a reward as less than honorable. If your only reason for serving God is to get a reward, that’s not right. But it’s fine if the reward is only one reason for serving Him. God’s Word shows us that He is vitally concerned about rewards. Jesus said: “There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms will for My sake . . . but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age . . . and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:29).
God honors those who honor Him, and God wants you to expect to be blessed. If you are a Christian, you’ve already been blessed “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). And if God can trust you to be generous with the earthly treasures He’s given you, He won’t forget where it started, and it will come back around to you.
Giving is the way to receiving. Most Christians have it backwards; they say, “Lord, give to me and then I will give to You.” But the fundamental difference between us and God is that we can trust God, but He can’t trust us. Many times He gives to us and never sees it again. When we honor Him first, He promises to respond to us. When we trust in His provision, He will determine what and how much we will receive.
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Ephesians 6:8 says: “Whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord.”