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.