Do you look forward to a reward? Do you look forward to a reward with such desire that you save to reward yourself? Are you working extra hard so your boss will recognize your work and reward you? Have you ever thought about being rewarded by God?
We often look to be rewarded with money, a trophy, or some gift for our work or service. We compete against rules, standards, and objectives to achieve those rewards. For some, it’s a team competition to achieve specified levels of excellence to be rewarded with a bonus at the end of the year.
Unfortunately, we also see people competing for rewards in relationships. It may manifest itself in gift giving, people increasing their gift to someone in hopes of receiving a larger or better gift from the other person. We see people do something for someone else in hopes the other person will do something for them.
Too often those attempts are done solely out of selfishness rather than out of love. Our motives are wrong. We are solely looking out for ourselves. We want people to notice us, even if we say we don’t. We desire the recognition, even it only in private.
If we desire an everlasting reward, we will pursue it quietly without seeking recognition from people but from God. We will seek God in quiet contemplation and periodic fasting. We will spend time in prayer to seek God’s will for our lives. Jesus clearly tells us that we are to spend time in prayer and fasting without seeking the recognition of others and God will reward us.
Do we spend time quietly in prayer? It is highly likely that most of us don’t or we spend very little time. And we wonder why God isn’t rewarding us. Jesus made a promise, which means God made a promise. If we truly trust God, we are to spend time quietly in prayer or stop expecting a great reward.
This may sound harsh, but it isn’t. Think about this for just a moment. Do we reward our children for not doing something we ask them to do? No, I don’t think so. God will reward us in ways we cannot explain nor imagine, if we will only do what He has asked.
I pray each of us will spend time in prayer. I pray we all seek God’s reward rather than human rewards. I pray we trust Jesus at His word. Spend time in prayer each day. Seek God’s will. Trust Jesus. Look forward to God’s reward.
Matthew 6:16-18 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”