Have you thought that you will not receive all blessings in this life? Do you know that some blessings will come in the future? Do you know that some blessings are not realized until you have gone to your eternal home? Does that seem odd to you?
We often want our blessings in the here and now. We want to reap the reward for doing good immediately. We don’t want to wait. We don’t want to look toward some unknown future date. But not all blessings come to us in the here and now. Some are realized in eternity.
Are we willing to give now knowing that we will not receive our reward until eternity? Based on my observance of humanity…no, we are not. Sure, some folks will give now and not worry one iota about when the reward comes. But most people want a reward today. In fact, much of our society is uninterested in doing anything (and I do mean anything), unless they know there is a reward coming upon completion of their task.
God doesn’t always work the way we think he should. However, it is our own way of thinking that is at fault. If we are doing good for someone else and seeking an immediate reward for doing it, we are not doing it for them at all. We are doing it for ourselves, what we can gain from it. As we all know, that is not in accordance with God’s way of things.
So, challenge yourself to change your way of thinking. Start playing the long game rather than the short game. Start looking toward the reward you will receive at some distant point in the future rather than looking for what you will receive today or tomorrow. God will bless us for carrying out the tasks he wants us to do. Jesus has told us he will. Let’s trust Jesus at His Word.
I pray we all choose to do what God wants us to do. I pray we do not look for an immediate reward. I pray each one of us puts our sights on the eternal reward rather than the here and now. Do what is right. Do what God desires. Do not worry about rewards. Know that God will reward you in his time. Know there will be eternal rewards.
Luke 14:13-14 “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”