What’s In It For Me? This is the question that guides almost every decision that is made today. No matter if is about buying something, moving, work, or even church. We live in a time when we want to get something. We want to have advantages, and be rewarded, even though we do not deserve to be.
10 – The Church Will Be Rewarded
When it comes to Christian life and church, people are looking for the best programs, the best preachers, the best entertainment possible. They are also looking for those churches that offered the best return for their time, talent, and treasure. They want a Lord who can make them healthy, rich, and successful. If your church cannot do that, than there is a chance that it will be out of business soon.
The apostles of our Lord had the same attitude. Here it is Peter after stating that they left everybody and everything to follow Jesus asking: “Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us? Matthew 19:27”
In the Bible we find that a real and committed Christian life will be rewarded. Here is a text that help us to see that: “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2Chronicles 15:7” In other texts you can see that the righteous and just will be rewarded, those who do good deeds will be rewarded, and those who obey God will be rewarded.
What we fail to accept and understand is that the reward will come after you commit yourself to the Lord and His cause, no matter how much it will cost you. Persecution, troubles, and hardships will happen in the lives of real disciples, and because of their perseverance they will be rewarded. They will be rewarded because they decided to do what was right and not what would give them a better return. The problem is that we do not like that part. We want to be rewarded for not doing anything, just having our names in the membership roll of a church, and attending it once in a while.
The church – the congregation of Jesus’ disciples – will be rewarded for everything that she does, no matter the consequences. She will be rewarded for the life that she lives, the good deeds that she does, the persecutions that she suffers, and the faith that she has. Yes the faith in the Lord will be rewarded also. This is what the author of the Hebrews letter tells us: “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:35.”
Therefore my brothers and sisters, do not give up or lose heart, because your faith in the Lord, your walk with the Lord, and your service to the Lord will be rewarded.
Have a blessed week,