Rewards - Saturday, July 13th 2013

1 Corinthians 9:16-17

"For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship."
NKJV

Rewards - we all love them. Whether it's a paycheck at the end of the week or a medal at the end of a race, we all enjoy receiving a reward for our efforts. Friend, did you know that the Bible tells us that we will receive rewards for the good we do here on earth? Salvation is free and comes when we trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. Once we accept Christ as Savior, the Bible speaks of God rewarding those who served Him while here on earth.

Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works." NKJV

Imagine our Lord coming in all His glory and with Him rewards that will be given to those who served Him and helped build His Kingdom. Yes, we serve our King because He is worthy of our service. Yes, we show love to others because we love Him. Yet, we also serve Him in great expectation of the rewards He has prepared for us. So the question is, "will you receive rewards?" Are you serving the Lord and therefore storing up treasures in heaven? You have all eternity to enjoy your rewards but only a short lifetime to earn them. It's either rewards or regrets - you get to decide now.

Life Lesson: We should desire spiritual rewards.

Dear Father,
Thank You that You have made a way for me to be saved. I praise You for Your grace and mercy. Lord, I also thank You that after all that You have done for me You allow me to earn rewards in Your Kingdom. Father, fill me with Your Spirit and guide me by Your Word so that I will use every opportunity to share the Gospel and store up treasures in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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