Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How People Lose Their Reward

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Matthew 6:1 (KJV)
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.



With the way Enyo and members of her family gave to the poor and needy, she knew they were not to be suffering the lack they were experiencing. She knew this because she understood the promises of God to those who give to the poor. She had spent her life helping the poor, but it appeared that there was no reward from the Lord for her.

As she meditated on this, she realized that even though she was truly helping the poor, she always went with cameras and shared it on social media. People would share her posts and she would get many likes. But she had lost her reward in the process. She traded her reward from God for Facebook likes.

In the world, when people do charitable works and give to the needy, they blow their trumpet and ensure that people see what they are doing. But in the kingdom of God, it is not so. We do not do good works for the public to applaud us, we do good works from a heart of love that seeks to please God and help the people He loves. A heart of love cares about the dignity of those being helped.

Many have squandered their heavenly reward for earthly praise. Many have traded their reward from God for Facebook likes and shares.

Go into today remembering that when we do things to receive the praise of people, we are forfeiting the reward of God.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to never again trade my heavenly reward for earthly praise.
—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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