August 31, 2020
Reward Yourself !
taught that obedience to God's Word
brings us significant rewards: "In
keeping of them there is great
reward" (Psalms 19:11).
Jewish thought, this implied that
keeping Torah brought material wealth.
In Christian thought, it means obeying
Christ's teachings brings Christ's favor
in life and eternal blessings at His
Judgment Seat. But there's more here.
God's Word brings more than tangible
reward-responses from heaven. It goes
deeper, to our mind, to our conscience,
to the very core of our personal spirit.
The very act of obedience itself is the
spiritually minded Christian's best
reward. Why? Four reasons present
First, we know we are pleasing Christ,
that our act has brought joy to His
heart - "I have no greater joy than to
hear that my children walk in truth" (3
John 4) - and that brings the highest
joy to our hearts if we truly love Him.
know that by doing whatever our
infinitely wise, righteous, and loving
God directs us to do, we have taken the
wisest, most righteous, most loving path
available to us, one sure to lead to a
good end for us and others and not to
bring regret or harm. This knowledge
gives us strong assurance all is well.
knowledge gives peace of mind. Our
conscience commends our decision to
yield obedience to God and it
immediately blesses us with the "peace
of God, which passeth all understanding"
(Philippians 4:7). Even if our obedience
brings adverse reactions from
unbelievers and carnal Christians, as is
often the case, we know in our deepest,
most private thoughts that we did right
by God. This knowledge, and the powerful
peace it births in our souls, helps us
weather any storm, traverse any valley,
pass through any nighttime, or endure
Fourth, all obedience honors God and
glorifies His name - and this is our
chief end in life. Thus, by glorifying
God, we fulfill the purpose of our
creation, and the purpose of our
re-creation in Christ. So in obedience
we find the ultimate fulfillment.
strong assurance, powerful peace,
ultimate fulfillment - these are the
hidden benefits of obeying God's Word.
They confirm obedience itself
is a great reward - perhaps the
greatest! And whatever your
circumstances, you can have it now.
So, go reward yourself! "Whatsoever he
saith unto you, do it" (John 2:5).