The Rewards of a Godly Life

“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it” (Proverbs 2:20-21).

The Christian can be likened to a marathon: a long, sometimes grueling race with great reward at the end. But like a marathon, you cannot physically see the finish line from your vantage point. But God promises rewards for those who persevere till the end:

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (1 Timothy 4:8).

But we need not wait till heaven to experience the upside of serving God. God supplies us with present blessings, even daily ones (Psalm 68:19). We have peace of conscience, purpose of life, something to look forward to, and a high calling in this life. But it is still sometimes hard to see the finish line when we feel so far away from it.

Here are three helps to ponder:

1. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

We may not be able to physically see the finish line, but we can see Jesus in God’s Word, and experience His loving presence in this life. Let’s keep looking to Him for comfort and strength to run the race.

2. Keep pursuing worthy goals.
People need purpose in order to be happy, and God has provided us with a lifelong purpose of serving God. Have you considered:

   •  Helping out at church?
   •  Giving an encouraging phone call to someone in need?
   •  Praying for someone with a special need?
   •  Listening to a hurting brother or sister?

3. Be willing to be used by God.
Giving up time to serve God may seem tough to some, but not when compared to eternity. When God transports us into His presence to enjoy eternal joy, no one will conclude it was not worth serving God. Of course it was worth it, and wise people pursue that kind of life.

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