Daily Devotion

May 2, 2014

God's Reward System (1)

“He will receive his reward.” 1Co 3:14 NIV

Read these three Scriptures: (1) “The fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss” (vv. 13-15 NIV). (2) “No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions)” (Mk 10:29-30 NIV). (3) “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” (Lk 14:13-14 NIV). These Scriptures clearly teach that God records your deeds and rewards you for them. Some of your rewards will come in this life, and some will come in the next. If you fail to understand that, you’ll find yourself saying, “I served God faithfully, so why am I still struggling? Doesn’t God notice or care?” Yes, God notices and He cares. But He doesn’t promise that the work you do for Him now will always result in gain from Him now. Many of the rewards God has for us are so great that it will take eternity to appreciate and enjoy them. Jesus said, “Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name…will by no means lose his reward” (Mk 9:41 NKJV). No deed for God will be overlooked or go unrewarded—even a cup of cold water or a prayer in the middle of the night.