THEME: Christian Reward
PASSAGE: Romans 6: 15–23
HYMN: MHB 575 SERVANT of all, to toil for man
MEMORY VERSE: John 3: 16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God revealed Himself in a dream to a devoted Christian who promised during an altar call that he would serve God in any capacity without looking for an earthly reward. In order to test him on his promise, God gave him an assignment. The man asked God how many days would it take him to accomplish the task, and what would be his reward? God replied to him that the assignment would be for a lifetime and I AM would be your reward. The man was saddened because he interpreted God’s reply that his reward was in heaven and that he had to do the assignment free. He looked at his poor financial state, he expected God to tell him after the completion of the assignment that he will have a monetary reward.
This indicates that the promise he made when he responded to the altar call was not from his heart. This is the expectation of some Christians who cannot do anything free, whereas the oxygen and carbon dioxide, sunshine and rainfall and most especially, the salvation of their souls, are given and received free of cost.
What happens if God should take away the air you breathe? What reward does God get from His free gifts to us?
The text shows the reward of yielding to sin and being obedient to righteousness. The Bible says you are a slave to the one you obey, either sin or righteousness. The reward of sin is death, while that of righteousness is everlasting life. Without holiness, no one will see or please the Lord. It is the visa to heaven.
The Christian reward for all righteous deeds is eternal life and this should be our aim as we go out these remaining 57days of the year and beyond. Aim for eternal life because our existence here on earth is limited.
PRAYER: Give me the grace to know that You are my reward as I serve humanity through You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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