Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Definition of Reward: 1. Something given or received in recompense for worthy behavior. 2. Payment offered or given for some special service, such as the return of a lost article or the capture of a criminal. 3. A satisfying return or result; profit. 4. The return for performance of a desired behavior; positive reinforcement.
What makes us eligible to receive a reward?
Fulfilling the requirements – either known or unknown- set out by the giver of the reward. Sometimes we are aware of specific rewards we can earn, and other times, we earn rewards without even knowing it.
What makes us deserving of a reward?
A reward is something given out of appreciation of a job done well. A reward is never deserved and should never be expected. Doing our best is always the expectation – reward or not. A reward is an optional benefit that we should accept as a blessing from the giver.
Who determines when a reward should be given?
The giver of the reward can choose to give a reward for whatever he sees fit. He chooses the reason, the restrictions, the rules, and even the type of reward. The receiver of the reward has no say.
What determines the type of reward?
The Bible speaks of many different rewards, that can be earned through obedience and service to Christ. There are many other blessings that God bestows upon His children that are not spelled out in black and white. What right do we have as the receiver to determine what reward we should receive? God, in His sovereignty, decides what we need and when. This applies to blessings and rewards as well.
If you do not receive a reward, does it mean that you did something wrong?
No. Because a reward is not deserved and should not be expected, we should not feel that we did anything wrong in order to miss out on a reward. Our goal should always be obedience to God, no matter if we are recognized with an earthly reward or someday, a heavenly one. We should not be focused on a possible reward. This just sets us up for disappointment and even anger.
We must remember to let God be God. It is not our place to determine when, where, and how we should receive a reward. Children are a reward from God. We do not know how we “earn” them, but we should know that we don’t deserve them and we aren’t entitled to them. We must allow God to determine the perfect time to bestow rewards and concentrate on obedience and service to Him. If we keep our focus centered correctly, our hearts will find contentment and peace.
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp38p06-03-13