Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How To Get A Guaranteed Reward For What You Do

We all want to get rewarded for our work but can we really get ahead at any cost, and if so what kind of profit will it be?

"A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward." Proverbs 11:18.

In a sense we are all wicked at heart, but the individual who gives himself over to that evil lurking within is much worse off than the ignorant person or the person who continues to struggle with right and wrong.

The "wicked" in this Bible verse is someone who will deceive others; they would even deceive God if they could but knowing that they can't they just ignore God.

The results of compromise and profit by wrong doing prove to be empty and not at all what was hoped for.  Often the results will not be as much as promised or not there at all; even if the rewards promised are realized they do not bring enjoyment or satisfaction.

Sowing is hard work. It is putting little seeds in acres of prepared soil. You do it in the hot sun on your feet until you are tired and then you do it some more because if you don't you will not have a crop. To sow the seed requires commitment, patience, planning and a measure of skill. This is the opposite of the "Get Rich Quick" philosophy.

The righteous person acts right so the results will be holy. The righteous know their actions are known by the Almighty and are judged by others.

Reaping is a resulting action. It means if you do this then that will come about- namely that with time there is fruit to harvest.

The reward is as sure of as the Eternal Holy God who guarantees it via this promise. He is trustworthy so our reward is secure.

Unlike the empty wages of the wicked the righteous can be confident that there will be something at the end of his labor.

It is implied that this sure reward is also a bountiful reward.

Character counts, a person who is deceptive, cuts corners, falsifies statements, to get a quick reward, is himself deceived- he will fall and will cause others to go down with him.

If you want good things in life sow goodness.

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