Eph 1:4-5 …In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will NIV
Gen 15:1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward”. NIV
When the Pharisees chided Jesus because his disciples were picking corn on the Sabbath day – an act that they deemed to be ‘unlawful’ – Jesus replied “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Mk 2:23-27)
There is an important principle here that reflects the heart of fallen humanity and our propensity to fall short of God’s glory. The Jewish people were given many signs as indicators of God’s presence with them. Yet rather than honouring God in their midst they instead gave honour to the symbols. How often do we take what is given by God and turn it into something of more importance or value than God himself? Some insist on ‘keeping the Sabbath’ though it is a type of entering into rest which is found ‘in Christ’ (Heb 4); others insist that Mary is to be venerated even though Jesus himself responded to the cry “blessed is the mother that gave you birth” by saying “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Lk 11:28) Some give modern Israel the centre of attention and pay tribute to natural Jerusalem even though such a view conflicts with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul declared that the seed of Abraham is not natural Israel, but Jesus Christ and, by extension, all who are found ‘in Him’ (Gal 3:16).
Do we believe – or rather hope – that health, wealth and happiness is God’s great reward?
Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. NIV
No, there is only one eternal reward for us to seek and to receive, that reward is the presence of God who declares, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer 29:13)
What do you seek; rewards from a loving God, or the loving God of heaven? Is Jesus a means to health, wealth and pleasure; or is His abiding presence reward enough? Let our prayer reflect our desire for the reward of heaven, the abiding presence of God in Christ Jesus.
Rev 22:20 …Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. NIV
Luke 6:35 Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High NIV