“Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he (Moses) had respect unto the recompence of the reward… for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Heb. 11:26,27b
Qualified or Disqualified
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referred to rewards many times. All of which were distinguishing the rewards that come from the Father versus the rewards of this world. Using rewards for an example, He exposed the acceptable and unacceptable attitudes and motives that either qualified us for the rich rewards of the Father, or the empty and temporary rewards of men. In all cases, it wasn’t the effort that God noted. It was the attitude and motive behind the effort that either qualified or disqualified people from God’s rewards! Our attitudes and motives speak louder to God than our actions. They are what distinguish us from the world.
How Do You Perceive God?
In the above scripture, Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ as something to be valued far greater than all the treasures of Egypt. Then he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. We can’t see all that’s going on in the spirit, which include His plans. But we do know, like Moses, that God is a Rewarder, and Jesus told us what qualifies or disqualifies us concerning God’s rewards. Bottom line is that, if your motives are right, you’ll see God as a Rewarder. If your motives are wrong, you’ll see God as a Punisher.
It’s All About Worship
Jesus said that if we are persecuted for righteousness sake, we are to leap for joy because we have a great reward in heaven (Mt.5:12)! When we love our enemies and bless those who curse us, we are distinguishing ourselves from the world and our rewards are eternal (Mt.5:46). When we give in secret, to God alone, He rewards us (Mt. 6:4). When we fast and pray, without seeking an audience with anyone except God, we are rewarded openly (Mt. 6:6) These are the qualities that God rewards because they are valuable to Him. They are rare qualities among those in this world. When all is said and done, each of the above is an act of worship. We either worship God and have our relationship with Him, or we worship the praises of men and the rewards of the world, which is really self-worship.
A True Divorce
I believe every Christian needs to divorce himself from worldly attitudes and motives and adopt those attitudes that truly reflect God’s nature and values. That’s when the Church will truly reflect the love of a God who changes hearts and offers a life worth living. Let’s keep our eye on the prize because “…GREAT is your reward in heaven!
With Love, Pastor Tom