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Week 4: The Reward
The end result of an obedient life is a reward!
“God will give to each person according to what He has done.”
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Jim Elliot, American Missionary and Christian martyr
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Sacrifice is trading something of value for something else of greater lasting value. Have you ever collected a reward? Have you ever returned a wallet or found a pet and been rewarded for it? Is there any situation where you would offer a reward to someone else?
“We have so emphasized the idea of never acting in our own self-interest, that we ignore the continuous appeals of Scripture to be motivated by the fact that following our Lord is not only right, but smart. And sin is not only wrong, but stupid. God always rewards what has honored Him.” Randy Alcorn
Read I Corinthians 3:10-15.
What does Paul say is the foundation upon which we build? Why is this foundation so critical?
What do you notice about the building materials Paul compares our work to in verse 12?
What are some examples of work that we do in Christ that would be considered, gold, silver and precious stones?
It might appear that the reward mentioned in verse 14 is eternal life, but look at verse 15.
What does this tell you about the rewards?
Read Revelation 22:7-13.
What promises do you see in this short passage?
What do the titles Christ gives Himself in this passage tell you about His ability to deliver the reward He is promising?
Read Matthew 6:19-24. How does Jesus contrast earthly treasures with heavenly treasures?
What are the treasures in heaven to which Jesus refers in verse 20? How does this passage relate to the heart issues from Study 1?
Are you uncomfortable with the idea of serving in view of receiving rewards? Consider the reward of hearing Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
This week, look for an opportunity to encourage someone else. Help someone you see laboring for the Kingdom to remember that their future reward will be great. Remember that what we do in life, echoes throughout eternity!
Begin a BLESSINGS NOTEBOOK. Begin to write down God’s gracious provisions in your life as you respond to His Spirit’s leading and His Word’s promises.