December 31, 2023

Bob Maas
"Then they asked Him, 'What must we do to do the works God requires?' Jesus answered, 'The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.'"
John 6:28-29

I’m very grateful for the day the Lord showed me the difference between the gifts He freely gives and the rewards I have to earn by acting in obedience to His commands.

Knowing the difference was a real game changer in my walk with Him. Ignorance of this truth had brought me a tremendous amount of confusion. Understanding the reward process helps us understand why Jesus told us to teach His commands as we make disciples.

I will never be able to do anything to earn the gifts He gives but the rewards follow clearly defined cause and effect methods. The common denominator God requires for receiving a gift and earning a reward is faith.

My prayer is that He will help me develop a greater desire for His word so that my faith will progressively get stronger and stronger.