Stewardship and Rewards

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Stewardship and Rewards
April 24, 2016
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Passage: 1 Chronicles 17:1-27
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Introduction: Like medical field recognized Hypertension (High Blood pressure), and Diabetes as silent killers, so the church today is unnoticeably experiencing a silent killer, and that is the lack of AFFIRMATION or DISCUSSION about REWARDS.
We are failing to talk about it or mention it because the church has reduced itself to cognitively, emotionally, physically, and relationally determined to disobey God. Last time I checked, there was no REWARD attached or associated with disobedience.
WHAT ARE REWARDS?
Rewards are subjective or objective benefits we can account for based on certain motion or activities we’ve done. For example, for the time you spend at your job per day-say 6, 8, 10, 12, or 24 hours, the payment, wages, or salary rewards vary. In the emotional or psychological setting, we receive rewards based on relational factors. In the spiritual setting, we receive REWARDS based on obedience. Obedience is TOUGH, no wonder the church is shying away from it.
The church is pursuing LOVE head on but does not know what to do with the guilt she experiences by not doing what God has asked us to do exactly. We trepidation, we digress, we manipulate, we juxtapose, we selfishly analyze things, we blame others, so long that we can find a comfortable sport to justify our disobedience. THAT IS WHY WE DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT REWARDS. The year is coming to an end, the majority of you are looking for that bonus check. The outcome of that bonus check is as a reward for your relentless service to the company or organization. Some people will receive way more than others. That shows that the management is saying to you, your service was well noted and appreciated, this is a thank you, from us. Others will receive pitant. Still, management is saying, you have been slothful over the past year, we just want you to know there is room for improvement, and we are noticing it. In a relational aspect, rewards are also visible. Some family the children and happy and clingy to dad or mum. Others it is totally opposite, chaos.
The family that experiences a clingy atmosphere, share lots of rewards. Not necessarily material things as you may perceive, but in their comparative diversity management, or deontology – the value alignment in their nature of duty and obligations. A family without such are jealous. Maybe you sprung from that type of setting wherein you are now full of hate. For you, REWARD is a byword. But listen, we are talking about the church collectively.
SERMONS THESE DAYS:
When is the last time you heard a sermon that suggested that a motive for our obedience should be the rewards we receive in heaven? I imagine for most of us it has been a long time, maybe even never. Whenever a sermon (or book) provides a motive for obedience, it is almost always thankfulness for what Christ has done. And certainly, that is a wonderful and foundational motivation. But is it the only motivation?
We sometimes use the very scriptures to disparage ourselves as a bent tour disobedience. We use scriptures ISAIAH 64:6 “All our righteousness are as filthy rags…” that is false humility. Let me ask you a question. When your son or daughter obeys you, do you refer to their obedient nature as filthy rags, or do you reward them? (REWARD, OBVIOUSLY). Then why is it that we use the similar terminology to characterize God? You know why, or you want to know why? Because we want to continue to do the disobedient thing and at the same time not be bothered whether God rewards us or not, that is why we don’t talk about rewards in the church setting today. GOD is working in us what is pleasing to him (Hebrews 13:21).
SCRIPTURE BACKGROUND:
The New Testament writings suggest it is not. For those who faithfully endure persecution, Jesus makes it clear, “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven” (Luke 6:23). Paul states it plainly, “But each will receive his own reward according to his own labor” (1 Corinthians 3:8). The author of Hebrews even reminds us that Moses was motivated by rewards, “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Hebrews 11:26). But if rewards are clearly presented as a motivation in the Christian life, why don’t we hear more about rewards in our modern pulpits? I am sure there are many answers to that question, but let me suggest one: we have been convinced that our obedience doesn’t matter. While we are rightly told that only Christ’s obedience can secure our justification and that he has kept the law perfectly for us, our own obedience receives far less attention in the pulpit. Justification is center stage, and sanctification is peripheral. CONCLUSION:
1 Chronicles 1-3 King David’s Wish and Nathan’s response
1 Chronicles 4-14 God speaking to Nathan about the matter
1 Chronicles 15-27 King David Speaking to God. Accepting and acknowledging the rewards. The same has been granted to us Gentiles for whom also Christ died. When we toil for the cause of Christ, we want to hear and are bolstered by hearing, the encouraging words of Paul: “Your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Stewardship and Rewards:
Not just to fight for it, but it is high time the church recognized that God has not asked us to do stuff Willie Nellie, but that HE intends to grant us a rewarding reward. Romans 6;23 “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3;23

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