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Rewards p2

March 25, 2010

It is never a good idea to approach Christianity with that attitude of “What’s in it for me?” Simply because Christianity is not really about us. It’s about Him and Him giving grace to us. Where your focus is in that sentence should say something about how deep your view of God is, but anyways I don’t want to rant.

I will be honest and say that there have been and are many times where I make the mistake of thinking I should be rewarded for some type of good Christians behavior. Because we are selfish and have a sin nature we can’t help but look at everything as “What’s in it for me?” The cool thing is I believe that God has set up two rewards for us being Christians. The first I will name is actually secondary and the second is much more primary, actually the greatest reward.

The Church is the secondary reward for those who follow Christ. In the early church Christians modeled what the Church is suppose to look like:

Acts 2:42-47  The Fellowship of the Believers

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Sadly, because of sin the Church has not been the reward that I think God intended it to be for His followers. BUT when done right… when people put Christ and others in front of their own ambitions then the Church thrives. BTW I love the Church, it has been  something wonderful for me.

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