Do you know where your reward is?
Most people don’t. They think God’s rewards are in this life, so they feel cheated. But Jesus made it quite clear that our real reward lies on the other side of death, not here and now. There’s a little bit here, to be sure, but the full meal deal is up ahead, when we get Home. If we don’t think so, our emotions will be ruled by our circumstances and we will live like spoiled adolescents. By contrast, the man or woman of God knows that their reward is in eternity, and so we wait patiently and endure faithfully, rejoicing in the fact that no good deed goes unrewarded.
The Bible says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:21) In other words, strength of spirit comes from storing up treasures in heaven, not on earth. Where are you storing yours? When you serve and love and give and forgive, your heart brightens and rises. When you don’t, it doesn’t. The garden-variety depression that afflicts millions is less a matter of chemistry than community. It especially afflicts everyone who tries to collect now, instead of saving for later. Francis Schaeffer said that modern people are like a casino clients on the 40th floor of a burning building, desperately trying to distract themselves from the fact that the floor is on fire by playing games under bright lights. But it’s a fool’s errand. The wise man recognizes there is no future in a burning building, and gets out. In the same way, Jesus invites you to stop chasing popularity, comfort, and fake security. Instead, start saving up good deeds like deposits in Heaven and watch how it transforms your feelings. “I have learned the secret of being content,” says the Apostle Paul (Phil 4:12). Have you? Think it through, and I’ll see you on Sunday. Be true!