“And your father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
When he was in fifth grade, our son was awarded the top prize in a national writing contest for charter schools. He received his award in front of his classmates and their parents at an assembly at school. He was then given the privilege of reading his award-winning prose to all in attendance. It was a great day for him, and a very proud day for his parents!
He went back to school the next day, and it was just like any other day. There was no class party in his honor. There was no fanfare. The honored writer returned to his status as a regular elementary school student.
Rewards and accolades provide momentary joy. They make great photo opportunities for your child’s scrapbook. They may even provide a lifetime of memories of that moment. But they’re also momentary. They are celebrated one moment, and forgotten by others the next.
This is not the kind of reward God provides for His people. Instead of assemblies and banquets in your honor, God provides the believer with joy in knowing Him. He provides a peace in His presence. And the knowledge of a future with God in eternity.
Whatever kind of award we receive here on earth is fleeting, but the rewards a believer receives are eternal.
Father, may I not seek the rewards that this world provides, but instead be pleased with the rewards that You alone can provide. Give my heart peace in this world, and hope for eternity. Amen.
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