April 29, 2020: SOAP #3800: 2Samuel 4,5; Psalm 139; Matthew 16
Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 16: 24 Then Jesus said to hisdisciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and takeup his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for aman if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man givein exchange for his soul? 27 For the Sonof Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then hewill reward each person according to what he has done.
Observation: Thesubject of rewards is a major portion of the scriptures. God is just; He will repay each person accordingto their investment in the kingdom. Godis faithful; He will keep his promises. God is loving; He enjoys rewarding his children. God is generous; He will reward his peopleabundantly more than they deserve.
Application: If mylife is cut short and I do not receive all my rewards before I die, NO WORRY,my faithful, loving, just, and generous God will have all eternity to pass out rewards!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, if there were no rewards,you alone are worthy of my devotion and service. I serve you because I love you. You are my Father! And Iknow that you reward me because you love me. I am your child! I am amazed andblessed to know that you enjoy rewarding and blessing me. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!