A Rewarder

 

         

              “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God

must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

(Hebrews 11:6). I’ve used this verse before in talking about the faith a

Christian must have. This lesson will focus on just a part of that verse to

discuss a particular attribute of God. That is that God is a rewarder. We

do not serve a God who expects everything from His disciples and yet

assigns no benefit to that service. Our Father rewards those who “diligently

seek him”. In James 2:21-22, it is noted that Abraham was “justified by works

and that “by works was faith made perfect…” I point this out because many there

are that think it is enough just to believe in God, to simply acknowledge that

God exists. Would we be serving a loving God (Jer. 32:18; Luke 11:42;

Romans 5:8) if entrance was granted into heaven to those who worked as well

to those who didn’t?

 

Typically, a reward is defined as “Something given or received in recompense

for worthy behavior or in retribution for evil acts” or “The return for

performance of a desired behavior; positive reinforcement” (American Heritage

Dictionary – third edition). So what is the reward that God gives to the

diligent seekers? The answer should be obvious to all; it is heaven! Scripture tells

us that none of us deserve heaven and yet that is our reward for putting God

first in our lives (Matt. 6:33). Great encouragement to your faith should come

from knowing that your efforts to serve the Lord, according to His will

(John 14:4, 23), are not going unnoticed. We can know that our God will reward

us with something far greater than anything the world has to offer. All we have to

do is “diligently seek him”.

 

 

In Christ, Steve Preston

 

 

 

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