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Motivated By Eternal Rewards

September 24, 2012

I’ve recently been posting on some travel strategies drawn from my 21 years of experience. In the pursuit of travel rewards, you must always check your motives for spending a little extra. Do you need that perk, or are you walking in an addiction to accumulation? It becomes easy to justify a $50 purchase of flowers when you know you are getting miles or travel rewards.

The pursuit of rewards is something which is not limited to the travel industry.

It happens in the church.

I’ve heard countless references to obtaining a future prize as a motivation for obedience or an acceptance of suffering.

“At least my crown in heaven is getting bigger!”
“I’m building my mansion!”
“We are storing up treasures in heaven!”
“Give, and it will be given back to you ten fold!”

Are we giving to get?

This is a series of posts on NoSuperHeroes based on the Top Questions I receive in my Grace Seminars. Come back each day to see how we answer our questions without changing the message of Grace!

Top Question: I’m afraid of Judgment Day. What will happen when I stand before God?

As I grew up, I heard sensational stories of Judgment Day. One particularly memorable version has believers who appear before the Judgment seat of God. Behind the Lord, is a giant TV screen that will show every action, thought, word, and attitude.

Well, we know this is a bleak picture. It sends tremors of fear through our bodies. An altar call is given at the youth rally and people tremble fearfully into the kingdom.

Effective, but misguided.