“And 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 seek Him.”

-Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)

He’s a rewarder, right?

When most people think of “reward” they think of a material item or a tangible object. We’re not talking about the tangible stuff today, although those are great things to have sometimes. They’re fun to win at nice carnival games in your local fair. And it feels really good to win a medal in a track race.

Speaking of medals and races and rewards (oh my!), the Bible says to run your race with a winner’s attitude. You can read about it in 1 Corinthians 9:22-27. In a natural race, people run and get rewards. They prepare for almost their whole lives merely to get into the race, only to gain a reward that doesn’t last.

But there’s a race called “The Call of God On Your Life”, in which you get those material rewards we talked about earlier and you gain imperishable rewards from God. Our verse says that God rewards those who seek Him. Again, His rewards are attached to eternity, which means they will never lose their value and they will never go away!

You’ve seen for the last thirty-eight days that God wants the best for you. Let me define what that best is for you. …It’s eternal life! John 3:16 says that whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but will have eternal life. We don’t have to wait for Heaven to attain this eternal life. No, eternal life is available to us right now. But it’s all about your pursuits in life. What are you chasing? What is it that you’re seeking? God Promises that if you seek Him, He will reward you. And there is nothing that can compare to a God-reward.

If you go after Him, you get Him. He is your reward!

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Live for the eternal rewards rather than perishable ones that man can give. You can do this simply by changing your focus. Jesus will reward you for those things that nobody ever sees. He rewards you even for motives of the heart. Man can only reward for what he sees and those kinds of rewards don’t last. Even though it may seem like we want them, they will never fulfill the desire in our hearts. But changing a focus from the world and to God positions us for the most heavenly rewards imaginable.

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“Thank you, Lord, for Your son Jesus, who You sent to endure the cross for my sins. He rescued me from a life with benefits that don’t last and placed me on track to a life with eternal rewards. Thank You for what You’ve given to me, and for what You’re about to give me! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

-Reba Sloop

5FA Intern