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Mike and Bobby are brothers and today is their last day of school before summer vacation. Mike is in the fifth grade and Bobby is in the fourth grade. Although this is the last day of class, they are both nervous. You see, their mom and dad promised to give them a reward based on their grades. They are to get $40 to spend on anything they want for every “A” they receive, $30 for every “B”, $20 for every “C”, and $10 for every “D”, but they will receive a punishment for failing. They both want to get the best possible reward they can receive. 

I am sure everyone can remember getting rewards as children for getting good grades in school and doing chores. 

Even as adults, we receive rewards. If we work hard at our jobs we get a raise. If we always obey the traffic laws and never get tickets our car insurance goes down. Those are both rewards that nobody would turn down. 

Favorite Rewards Scripture

You know, God wants to reward us as well. You might not know this, but the Bible speaks of rewards in at least 38 places in the New Testament alone. One of my favorite texts on rewards is found in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” God is going to reward us when we seek after Him daily. And, we must be aware and believe that God is going to reward us for this. 

Jesus speaks even more specifically about rewards in Matthew 16:27, “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” You can’t get more specific than this! Jesus is going to reward us! 

So, how do we get rewarded? Simple. We are rewarded by how well we worked to know and follow Jesus. The whole point is that your heavenly reward is much greater than any earthly reward can ever be. While it is okay to strive to receive earthly rewards, it is even more important to please God and receive heavenly rewards. This should always be our first priority.

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