~ Chapter 4 ~
Reward Is The Disciple’s Motivation
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward’” (Genesis 15:1). There is an undiscovered treasure within the concept of motivation. Real motivation is authentic, not rehearsed. It is driven by reward, not by obligation. Interestingly, you can only be as motivated to serve Christ as you are persuaded that His Word is truth (John 17:17). However, it is while you commit yourself to serving Christ as a disciple that the road is “narrow and difficult” (Matthew 7: 13-14). How long are you to keep going?
Till the day you die, and even then, your tombstone could well say, “To be continued.” As a disciple of Christ, reward will always be on your mind. Always. To serve Christ to get a reward pollutes your service into conditional motivation. To serve Christ out of love for Him (John 14:15) strengthens yours service into unconditional motivation. What it comes down to is: you die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31). Die? Yes, you crucify your fleshly nature to remain focused on your service. All you know to live for is Jesus (Philippians 1:21) as you confidently affirm (Hebrews 10:35) that your labor for the Kingdom is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). The Father wants you to be reminded that He believes in rewarding you for your works (Hebrews 11:6).
Day after day, you serve the Christ, who is the King eternal (1 Timothy 1:17). There will come a day when your life on earth is complete, and everything you did or did not do for Christ will be brought to attention. You will be judged; everything will be examined. The more you serve Christ with a pure conscience, the more you look to the reward. Jesus Christ will judge the living and the dead.