In our life, it’s easy to see, that humans are more naturally motivated when a reward is involved. In teaching, for example, some people motivate children by giving them rewards for completing work (this could be anything from stickers to money… yes I had a teacher give money for completing an assignment…) However, there are other teachers who are not happy with that model because it promotes learning for the wrong reasons – to receive a reward. It can send the wrong message. How true is this reward based system present in our adult lives as well? Think about it, after a long day of work or completing a difficult task what’s the next thing we do?
We seek something pleasurable to help us relax and unwind from the day… and these activities range from person to person whether it’s binge watching Netflix or going out to eat with friends, we all strive to fill our lives with things that make us happy. This is good self-care, however at the same time, I think we have to be careful that the reward and security we seek is not becoming an addiction, bad habit, false idol or controlling us because eternal life is the greatest reward. As a Christian we must do everything through the power of the Holy Spirit to protect and nurture this sacred gift.
The gift of “eternal life” is a confusing concept to most. It’s an enduring relationship with a holy God by acknowledging the truth of the Gospel presented in the Bible. The Bible presents the loving and true testimony of God sending his holy and perfect son Jesus to earth to live with us. However, God gave Jesus a special mission and that was to die a torturous death on a cross for a specific purpose: so that human sin is forever forgiven and we can get access through Jesus to an “eternal life” relationship with God in heaven. Christ’s blood atoned for human sin. Accepting Jesus is the key part to this relationship because it is only through accepting how Jesus laid down his life and took on the deep burden of sin, as well as believing in his witnessed resurrection after death, that we can have a redeemed relationship with God Almighty and promise that God will take us to heaven one day.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 4:16 NIV
I have to admit, as a new Christian I thought that eternal life started after we die, however, I have learned, according to Scripture, that once we accept Jesus we are adopted into God’s family here on earth and we can experience the greatest reward which is a relationship with Him, this is eternal life.
It is important to know about God’s character and why you would want a relationship with Him. God is a God who cherishes relationships because He initiated a relationship with us through Jesus, but He also reveals himself in different ways to different people throughout history.
The Bible relays some of God’s relationships with people. He created and planned our birth one-by-one and He encourages us to respect one another as all humans are made in the likeness of God.
..”‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Luke 10:27 NIV
Eternal life may not be as instantly gratifying as some of the things we tend to reach for in terms of reward in society – but as you get to know the true nature of God and Jesus in a personal relationship, through Scripture and other believers you will see that it is the only thing worth living for.
Knowing God and surrendering to his will is the greatest gift you can ever receive because He is the creator and maker of everything and He knows what happens today, tomorrow, and the next day. He can generously share his ways and wisdom with you during your lifetime and beyond. Yes, you heard me correctly, through accepting Jesus’ saving work on the cross and investing in your Bible, prayer, church and a personal faith life, you can have lifetime access to God!
Ready to accept Jesus? A website I recommend is http://peacewithgod.net/ to help you get started!