Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rewards...I want them all

In my book club and local prayer group , we read the most revealing book about the rewards that God has for us, A Life God Rewards: Why everything you do today matters forever by Bruce Wilkinson. It was nothing like I thought or had heard. In fact, I can't remember ever hearing a sermon on it. Oh sure, you know the sermon about many mansions and abundant life here and now...soteria. But check this out.

  1. Did you know that God rewards you for seeking Him through prayer and fasting? (Matthew 6:6; Hebrews 11:6)
  2. He rewards you for respecting your employer and being a faithful and good steward? (Matthew 24:45-47; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:22-24)
  3. Self-denial for the kingdom's sake is also rewarded. How about that! (Matthew 16:24-27)
  4. Your ministering to the needy won't go unnoticed either. (Mark 9:41)
  5. If you've suffered for Him, you will get a reward. (Luke 6:22-23)
  6. Sacrifices for God reap good things, too. (Luke 6:35 & Matthew 19:29)
  7. Whether or not anyone gives you a personal prophecy, announces your name publicly or features you as "tither of the year", God takes notice when you share your time, talent, and treasure to promote God's kingdom. (Matthew 6:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:18-19)
You gotta get this book . It will expand your thinking beyond the offering bucket rewards. Oh, yes I do believe in giving these monies! But knowing that it's more than just your financial offering that gets God's attention is very encouraging.