When our dog was a puppy we trained him using rewards as an incentive. So when he obeyed, he got one of those little puppy treats. When he behaved, he got a reward. He learnt through rewards.
We do this with children as well, don’t we? We reward good behaviour with words of encouragement or treats.
Does this then spill over to my spiritual life? Do I expect rewards from God? If I have been ‘good’, if I have been faithful in my quiet time, in going to church, in doing good deeds, do I expect a reward? Do I expect God to show me favour? Do I expect an extra blessing? Do I expect God to give me an easier life because I have been faithful and obedient?
If so, then my thinking is wrong. My devotion, service and faithfulness to Him should all come out of a grateful heart, a heart full of love towards Him. His grace is unmerited, His favour is freely given, His mercy is extended in grace. I don’t deserve any of it.
He should be enough for me. He Himself is my reward and with Him I should be eternally fulfilled and happy.
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Gen 15:1)