Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 30th, 2020
Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
Revelation 22:12 (NIV)
In December 2019, the Canadian Bankers Association offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of masked suspects after almost two dozen armed robberies in a 10-week period across the Greater Toronto Area. The money was offered as the Toronto and Peel police investigated 22 bank robberies between October 5 and December 13. While no injuries were reported, at least one of the suspects carried a firearm in each of the robberies. The suspects were all men in their late teens and early 20s.
Rewards work. Ask any parent trying to get their young children to do something. Positive reinforcement works on people of all ages. It’s why rewards are offered for all sorts of things in our society. Jesus said that when He returns, He will come bearing rewards. Revelation 22:12 says “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” We are not saved by our works – the Bible is very clear that salvation is by grace through faith alone. But for those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, and are committed to walking in obedience to His will, when He comes He will reward us. We have already received amazing rewards for placing our faith in Jesus. We enjoy His peace and joy, direct results of our salvation. But there is so much more. We are not saved to just sit and soak in the blessings of being a follower of Jesus. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As for those who are, loving others in His name, He comes with rewards.
These have been words from the heart.