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August 12, 2019

Eternal Rewards

“Everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29)

Everyone likes rewards. As a Christian, you aren’t exempt from this desire to be rewarded. While you may resist recognition to avoid pride and practice humility, the fact you are resisting something proves it’s real. You have a natural desire to be rewarded when you do something right.

Peter was no different when he asked Jesus a question that revealed how important this issue was to him. 

A rich young ruler approached Jesus and asked him about obtaining eternal life. The man called Jesus “good teacher” but Jesus took issue, reminding him only God was good. He then challenged the young man to keep all the commandments. This seemed like good news to this morally upright fellow. He asked Jesus, “Which one?” and Jesus listed the most prominent commandments. The young ruler was delighted, for he had successfully kept the commandments Jesus mentioned. Then Jesus added another dimension when he said, “Go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The rich young ruler’s response was tragic. He walked away from Jesus, grieving, because he had many possessions. Nevertheless, he still walked away.

Peter said to Jesus, “Look, we have left everything and followed You. So what will there be for us?” Jesus then summarized the nature of the rewards for those who sacrifice to serve him. Jesus promises generous provision in this life to replace whatever had been sacrificed for kingdom service, and that followers would “inherit eternal life.” Certainly, the primary reward is being with Jesus forever. Another reward is serving Jesus and serving with Jesus forever. 

Question: Have you already experienced some rewards for you sacrifices?

Challenge: Listen for how God may be asking you to sacrifice for Him; trust His promises.

Prayer: Lord, I know that you have sacrificed for me; in return I give my all to you.

Jeff Iorg - Former Chapel Leader -- San Francisco Giants

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